California Child Support suspension of drivers license law

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I lost my job in May of 2013. During my 8 years there I paid my support on time and ensured my daughter had medical/dental/vision, which by the way her mother never used. Then i lost my job. I've been searching with no real luck but am looking at obtaining a job as a city bus driver. Chances look good, but now I'm told that because I'm 800.00 behind on support my license will be suspended. How is this supposed to make things better for me. If I lose my license and the city looking to hire me catches wind of it, I'm out of contention for a good job that will bendfit all parties invloved..... this law is bogus.
I lost my job in May of 2013. During my 8 years there I paid my support on time and ensured my daughter had medical/dental/vision, which by the way her mother never used. Then i lost my job. I've been searching with no real luck but am looking at obtaining a job as a city bus driver. Chances look good, but now I'm told that because I'm 800.00 behind on support my license will be suspended. How is this supposed to make things better for me. If I lose my license and the city looking to hire me catches wind of it, I'm out of contention for a good job that will bendfit all parties invloved..... this law is bogus.
I am a 28 year old father that is struggling to pay my child support, I owe over $4500 total, I loss my job, License is suspended and I am currently trying to find work and staying positive, not being able to see my 5 year old son because he's so far away is really painful to take, its almost like no one cares about us good dads out here or about the us being in our children's life its all about the money these days. To all the good dads out there stay strong n positive regardless of how messed up this system is our kids needs us!
Please try to put yourselves in our shoes, I can promise that my life is next to nothing partly because of this law.
Please try to put yourselves in our shoes, I can promise that my life is next to nothing partly because of this law.
How do you expect some people who have driving jobs to have the career choice if they get the license taken away. I know child support needs to be paid but some drivers who get the license taken away can't do the job. What I'm trying to say is suspending the driver liscene is a stupid idea.
A FRIEND OF MINE CANT GET A DECEDENT JOB BECAUSE HE CANT HAVE HIS LICENSE BECAUSE OF ARREARS CHILD SUPPORT EVEN THOUGH THE CHILDREN ARE ALL GROWN NOW HAVE CHILDREN OF THEIR OWN. I UNDERSTAND THE MOTHERS NEEDED THE HELP AT THE TIME AND SOMEONE NEEDS TO PAY THE MONEY BACK THEY ALL RECEIVED THE MONEY TO CARE FOR THE CHILDREN, BUT LET THE MAN OR WOMAN FIND WORK WITH ONE OF THE QUALIFICATIONS ON JOBS IS TO HAVE A VALID DRIVERS LICENSE. I AM JUST SAYING NOT FAIR. RELEASE THE LICENSE.
Parental rights are inherent and cannot be turned into a privilage by any state agency and charged a tax or fee for. The state of CA is out of its jurisdiction and will be held accountable unless this law is repealed.
I think is rediculos to do something like that to anyone so I do not agree on this law I was a single mother for many years before I got married and I never wished for my son's father any bad if you want this guys to work and pay child support let them drive to their work places it just doesnt make sense....
My bf can't find a job because his lic is suspended. How can he provide for his 2 sons that way? And he can't pick them up either. Its up to the moms to drop them off or he has to find rides ...not fair
This law is ludicrous. People who are at least trying to pay something and fall behind are losing their privilege to drive. This isn't right.
This law is ludicrous. People who are at least trying to pay something and fall behind are losing their privilege to drive. This isn't right.
suspension for class a driver license is a joke. how is a dad suppose pay child support if they take away his only means for work
suspension for class a driver license is a joke. how is a dad suppose pay child support if they take away his only means for work
Quite franky, this law is disgusting and in-humane. Fathers have feelings too and they should have more than 150 days to learn how to deal with the fact the mother just wants a pay check. The government should appoint lawyers for these cases and make sure that it's about family first and not money. Things like this destroy people, from the father, to the child to the mother as well, they just don't see it. Our country needs more reality about life and less about greed. A reason to leave the USA, I think so!!!!!! At this point, I rather take the bus than deal with greedy mothers and an inhumane government. The mother should decide about the license, but after 3 years of no support.
I can not work without a license and have a family to support. The law needs to be changed now.
Suspension of driver's license should be stopped due to the lack of response of the Child Support department and causing undue separation from jobs due to license suspension
I was paying my child support. still my license was suspended.
This is the most stupid law I have ever heard of. How can a parent work if he or she does not have a drivers license?

What idiot voted for this law in the first place?
This law makes it more difficult for fathers or mothers to pay support. Department of Child Support Services claims that they help families and children, but they do not follow their own policies and end up hurting families and children. They don't seem to have any checks and balances to hold them accountable when they do harm.
This law is completely counter-productive? I can't believe it was ever created in the 1st place?
This law is ruining many lives. It's keeping people from getting hired for jobs they are qualified to do. It's a hardship on the children because it's taking keeping their parent from being able to find work and catch up on payments that would be helping out the moms, and it's destroying the lives of friends and girlfriends who are supporting these poor people that are caught in this situation and are stuck without income once they're unemployment runs out.
This law has put my children under more undue hardship than it has helped.
being afather with no income who shared 50 50 custody with a mother with little to no income. i found my self having to pay 300 dollars a month. being as i had no job that added up quick. Now owing 8000 dollars they suspended my license and even took half of my paychecks away causeing me to quit dude to woorking 8 hour shift for 4 dollars an hour, this law and others like it have basically ruined my life since i was 18. im 22 and worse off as ever
being afather with no income who shared 50 50 custody with a mother with little to no income. i found my self having to pay 300 dollars a month. being as i had no job that added up quick. Now owing 8000 dollars they suspended my license and even took half of my paychecks away causeing me to quit dude to woorking 8 hour shift for 4 dollars an hour, this law and others like it have basically ruined my life since i was 18. im 22 and worse off as ever
This law makes no sense. It was started by angry mothers and wives of well to do men that didn't pay support. Men that were doctors and lawyers and succesfull men that were driving nice cars and had beautiful gf's and were not paying their support. Without consideration of men who were not "rich" or barely making it that had to work hard to support their obligations as a father. I could be up to date with support if my license was released. Several women, mothers too that are owed support feel the same way. Its a stupid stupid law considering the times we live in and driving is essential in our society. It amazes me how our beauracracy continues to allow new laws are doesn't go back and rewrite certain laws. Always one step ahed and two steps back. I can't even make a payment to get my license released so whhat the hell? Just release the licenses with a guideline that if not within 1 year you do not start paying and not consistant, your license will be revoked. Doesn't that make mmore sense than just holding a man down and not giving him the opportunity to right the wrong? Some of us have been unemplyeed due to recent cuts and economic times.
This law makes no sense. It was started by angry mothers and wives of well to do men that didn't pay support. Men that were doctors and lawyers and succesfull men that were driving nice cars and had beautiful gf's and were not paying their support. Without consideration of men who were not "rich" or barely making it that had to work hard to support their obligations as a father. I could be up to date with support if my license was released. Several women, mothers too that are owed support feel the same way. Its a stupid stupid law considering the times we live in and driving is essential in our society. It amazes me how our beauracracy continues to allow new laws are doesn't go back and rewrite certain laws. Always one step ahed and two steps back. I can't even make a payment to get my license released so whhat the hell? Just release the licenses with a guideline that if not within 1 year you do not start paying and not consistant, your license will be revoked. Doesn't that make mmore sense than just holding a man down and not giving him the opportunity to right the wrong? Some of us have been unemplyeed due to recent cuts and economic times.
I have been in an area that is very difficult to find work I have tried to go to other cities to find work. I have been unemployed for in total 1 year since the recession that was 5 years ago. currently I am unemployed for the last 4 months and have my wife and son to take care of and I am the only one able to work with the current situation. I have finally found a job and am expected to start in 1 week but, because I have fallen 1000 dollars behind in support dcfs is threatening to suspend my license this is completely outrageous since I rely on my cdl to work in the first place. I have explained to the case worker that I have tried finding work that didn't need my licence but no success. I am now facing the possibility of losing the only thing I have to provide for my family because a government entity has taken so much control. if there was ever a possibility of this being changed should be now with this president in office wanting to help the lower and unfortunate income class I think this will change. thus system should not be allowed to accrue fees, late charges and keep building up to the point that your in debt with dcfs so much that you are paying every red cent to them until you die, if the president wants to pull our people out of this depression and be the best president ever elected and side I'm in las Vegas senator Harry Reid wants to be remembered for making things right for every one this should be changed. we can only pray as parents on the wrong side of dcfs that this will be set right. I even once heard that "we all were created equal" then why are the non custodial parents treated as though they are the worst people because there wives decided leaving them, committing adultery on them was the best thing to do.some parents are dead beats but not all. dcfs employs an incredible amount of people and should be used to correctly investigate each individual case correctly. if this petition actually means anything to our government the representatives we voted in to represent us and defend us from enemies foreign and domestic please hear the cry of so many Americans needing your help with the unjust system of dcfs.
I have been in an area that is very difficult to find work I have tried to go to other cities to find work. I have been unemployed for in total 1 year since the recession that was 5 years ago. currently I am unemployed for the last 4 months and have my wife and son to take care of and I am the only one able to work with the current situation. I have finally found a job and am expected to start in 1 week but, because I have fallen 1000 dollars behind in support dcfs is threatening to suspend my license this is completely outrageous since I rely on my cdl to work in the first place. I have explained to the case worker that I have tried finding work that didn't need my licence but no success. the one thing I have learned in my dealings with dcfs and after long and extensive research (believe me is next to impossible to find anything to help non custodial parents in there cases) dcfs, cps what ever you want to call them can not affect your working status or take away any necessary tool needed to obtain a job this is illegal for them to do and you can sue them for this. I am currently waiting for dcfs in las Vegas nv to attempt this little threat (scare tactic). I would love to pay my support for the sake of my son and could care less how my ex uses the money as long as he is healthy and taken care of in her care (she it's a great mother) regardless of how I feel about her (absolutely hate her) I will not say she is a bad mother but, those of you who were not aware of this call your lawyer or get free consultation and be sure to ask this question, "Can dcfs do this"?
I have been in an area that is very difficult to find work I have tried to go to other cities to find work. I have been unemployed for in total 1 year since the recession that was 5 years ago. currently I am unemployed for the last 4 months and have my wife and son to take care of and I am the only one able to work with the current situation. I have finally found a job and am expected to start in 1 week but, because I have fallen 1000 dollars behind in support dcfs is threatening to suspend my license this is completely outrageous since I rely on my cdl to work in the first place. I have explained to the case worker that I have tried finding work that didn't need my licence but no success. the one thing I have learned in my dealings with dcfs and after long and extensive research (believe me is next to impossible to find anything to help non custodial parents in there cases) dcfs, cps what ever you want to call them can not affect your working status or take away any necessary tool needed to obtain a job this is illegal for them to do and you can sue them for this. I am currently waiting for dcfs in las Vegas nv to attempt this little threat (scare tactic). I would love to pay my support for the sake of my son and could care less how my ex uses the money as long as he is healthy and taken care of in her care (she it's a great mother) regardless of how I feel about her (absolutely hate her) I will not say she is a bad mother but, those of you who were not aware of this call your lawyer or get free consultation and be sure to ask this question, "Can dcfs do this"?
This is making my life and the children I support very difficult.
i have tried to make arraingments for paying back so they will release my license and they refuse no matter what i do and it has caused me to be unemployed and or driving illegally,
most jobs you have to have a drivers license even if your not driving for the employer
this is not about child support, they could care less about our kids, just another way for them to make more money. GOD HELP AMERICA, PLEASE!!!
this is not about child support, they could care less about our kids, just another way for them to make more money. GOD HELP AMERICA, PLEASE!!!
Paying child support is crucial to all the children owed it...dead beat parents have the legal responsibility to their child or children. When prevented to obtain a job based upon suspension of ones drivers licenses is playing devils advocate because it prevents the dead beat parent who is willing to work to support his or her child as best as they can...this California law is doing more damage than good based on the high unemployment rate and enforcing it by not allowing the parent to work or lose a job based on it...a new process needs to be put into place
Paying child support is crucial to all the children owed it...dead beat parents have the legal responsibility to their child or children. When prevented to obtain a job based upon suspension of ones drivers licenses is playing devils advocate because it prevents the dead beat parent who is willing to work to support his or her child as best as they can...this California law is doing more damage than good based on the high unemployment rate and enforcing it by not allowing the parent to work or lose a job based on it...a new process needs to be put into place
My dl was suspended when i got behind a few months . Im now overpaid and cant get my license relased for 2 weeks . Im going to lose the very job that allowed me to catch up.
My dl was suspended when i got behind a few months . Im now overpaid and cant get my license relased for 2 weeks . Im going to lose the very job that allowed me to catch up.
Im about to lose my job cause they want a lump sum payment to release my lic. i make less then $1000 a month and have to take care of my other child as well. NOT RIGHT!!!!
I need my license to get jobs and continue to work. Without a license it is very hard to find a job in my field. Without a job i can't pay child support. This is a dead end situation for fathers like myself. How is this suppose to benefit the child?
A ridiculous law of which is not in the best intrest of any child. Does more negative then good. The CSS really needs a lot of reworking altogether.
I recommend a tiered basis on DL suspension. If an NCP has a good history of paying child support with no late payments in the last 12 months and loses their job at no fault of their own then DL suspension should not take effect for at least 90 days. If you are a deadbeat parent and never make payments then DL should be suspended (after the first 90 days)
I am a sole custodial parent who doesn't receive a dime of child support and is well into over $100,000 of past due child support. I would be VERY upset if the day ever comes and he does get a job & cant because his lic is suspended. It hasn't gotten him to pay his support yet because of his lic. But keeping him or preventing him from accuring a job or keeping a job isnt of any help to this problem. I agree with "someone from Los Angeles" below. It will end up being tax payers who will be paying for the children if they keep making it so difficult. My current husband finally gotten a new job making a decent pay & is beig told by the dmv it may take up to a month to release his lic due to child support. Child support has a letter from his employer stating he needs his lic so he can be put on company insurance, has the employers address to send a wage garnishment to & still are of NO help. Lets hope he gets to keep this job. Its all in the hands of a css which probably is why they find it hard to help a willing father out, SO THEY CAN KEEP RACKING UP THE "INTREST" the state gets from his past due amount.
It's unfair for young fathers who are trying so hard to get a job to pay child support and now with this law it makes it even harder, they get discouraged and feel choked by our system. I can understand if there is a father who refuses to pay any longer and can do so, then ok..
If a dead beat dad REFUSES .. Ok then let the law stand for that individual !!! Not all men who father children ARE DEAD BEAT DADS!! They should not have to suffer because of them!
I am paying 70 percent of my salary and still license is going to be suspended. Then I will lose my job and tax payers will be paying for my children. Why?
My license is being suspended because I got behind in my CS payments. I am remarried with 3 children. My wife was in a bad car accident a couple of years ago and I am the only driver for her and my kids. Why should my family have to suffer because my ex (who makes over 100K a year) wants to ruin my life. Please reverse this law. I want to work and provide for all my children. Why is quality of life not important in this situation?

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