Child support payments are no longer accepted in the Circuit Clerk's Office. All payments must be sent to the State Disbursement Unit (SDU) to be processed and distributed. There must be a support order that directs payments for child support in order for the payments to be processed successfully.
In addition to and separate from amounts ordered to be paid as child support or maintenance, the obligor (person responsible for payments) shall pay a $36 annual separate maintenance and child support collection fee. This fee is billed each January and is to be paid directly to the Circuit Clerk, not the SDU. The money is collected to offset the expenses for maintaining the records for divorce and family cases that involve child support and is by state statute (705 ILCS 105/27.1bb(4)).
The fee designated as "Administrative Fee" and checks need to be made payable to the Lee County Circuit Clerk. Please include the case number (account number) to assure proper credit. The obligor may also pay the fee online at the GovPayNet website.