SPRING FIELD – To prevent an abusive partner from receiving spousal support, State Senator Napoleon Harris, III (D-Harvey) introduced legislation establishing the Domestic Violence Task Force.
“Victims of abuse should not have to pay child support to an abusive spouse, regardless of their financial situation,” Harris said.
House Bill 861 creates the Domestic Violence Maintenance Task Force. The task force will review domestic domestic violence and alimony cases, also known as alimony, and issue recommendations to improve court procedures related to alimony when one spouse has been convicted of domestic violence or serious domestic violence against the other spouse.
“Requiring a spouse to pay child support to a spouse who has been convicted of domestic or aggravated assault is unfair and should be incorporated into Illinois law,” Harris said.
House Bill 861 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and will now go to the full Senate for further debate.