I am writing this to let the world know that Robert M Girardi, originally from Berwyn, Illinois owes over $115,000 for his 3 daughters. The worst part of it is that he doesn't even keep in touch with the 2 younger girls. No acknowledgement of Christmas, birthdays, graduation, not 1 phone call. He does keep in touch with the oldest, not really sure why, maybe because she lives on her own now.
I have taken him to court, got a judgement for 1 year. Then I filed with the state of Illinois public aid department so they could collect for me. By the time all the paperwork went through (several months) he had caught on and got a job working for cash. Public aid can enter your SS # and see if there are wages reported in your name. Sorry he is not reporting any wages, I was told. So now file more papers for the States Attorney to get into court and file a "rule to show cause" (another few months)
The court date finally comes and he doesn't show up. Now another few months for the states attorney to get him served, so he has to show up.
By now a couple of years had passed and luckily for him he had a slight stroke and is in a rehab home, so they won't serve him there.
So now I learn he is released, and he is out at the Casino Boats, with his new girlfriend. Has enough money to gamble and go out on dates, but not to give a dime to his children. Whom in the divorce decree he is suppose to pay $114 a week, and provide medical insurance. So I contact the states attorney and tell her that he is out of the rehab center now, so can we go back to court? Weeks later she advises me that he has filed for Social Security benefits, and you can't get child support from that. I tried to get him on the Official Dead Beat Dads list for Illinois, or get his Drivers license revoked, I was told that because he is basically supported by the Government, that they won't put him on the list or revoke his license. I even wrote to Governor Blagojevich, explaining everything in detail with reference numbers to my divorce case and public aid case. The response from them was ... we can't do anything but tell you to file a case with your public aid office, and we can't put him on the deadbeat list, due to reasons we cannot say due to privacy laws. OK, something is not right here. Sounds like he is being protected by the State of Illinois for not paying his child support. They did say that if he files a tax return or wins the Lottery, then I could collect.
I have a great husband now who they consider their dad and takes care of my girls like they were his own. He is the one that will walk them down the aisle when they get married, he is the one that they go to when they need fatherly advise. I am very greatful for this, but I just don't think that you shouldn't have to support your kids because you have a medical issue. I have been battleing cancer for 16 years now and my husband has severe back problems, but we still support our girls.
The state of Illinois is just as bad as Robert M Girardi for not enforcing his responsibility to pay child support. If you happen to know him, please tell him you read this. If you have any morals tell him to step up to the plate and give his daughters some support, maybe they could use it for their college education.
la grange park, Illinois