Lee Ann Verzi just started receiving child support from her ex-husband last year. Her daughter is 33 years old.
The St. Charles woman turned to a collection agency that specializes in obtaining child support after she learned there is no statute of limitations in Illinois. In return, the company, Support Collectors Inc., will keep 30 percent of the total her ex-husband pays.
The company is often a last resort for custodial parents who have found no relief through the courts, said Tim Turner, director of enforcement for the Minnesota-based company.
“The government catches people who play by the rules, who file W-2 (income tax forms),” he said. “It’s much tougher, when you are absolutely overburdened, to find people who are self-employed, who don’t report their income. … We have investigators that will dig into other sources of income.”
Verzi, 53, said her husband left her when their daughter was 13 months old. Her ex-husband, Robert Hoffman, 54, of Sycamore, was ordered to pay $45 per week in child support, but he stopped paying soon after their divorce was finalized, he said.
The couple agreed informally that he wouldn’t request custody, and she wouldn’t return to court for child support. But over time, Verzi said, she lost track of him. As the years passed, she said she became increasingly resentful as she worked two jobs, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, while her parents baby-sat.