California Child Support suspension of drivers license law

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Due to my license suspension I was unable to work. CSS garnished my wages and intercepted my tax returns. Me, my wife and our four children (whom live at home with me) became homeless as a result of back child support for one child not in the home. This law is a warped catch 22. I need my license to work and make money to pay child support...and to live. But its obvious that the state doesn't care about the support of four homeless children.
First of all I get that both parents should do their financial duty to support their child but I feel some American are pushed to the point of homelessness and financial ruin because of child support. This law is unfair in many ways not only does it make it hard to find a job while your license is suspended but it also sticks on your dmv record. Thus when you apply for future jobs it looks bad on your dmv record and makes it even harder to get a job. If you ask me all these child support laws make paying child support even less likely and the percentage on the interest rate on past support due is insane, I wonder how may Americans are in financial ruined because of child support?
I have a commercial license and the only way I can work is by having my DL.how can I pay if I can't work.the system is broken, someone please fix it so we can all work and start paying.
My child support is paid in full. I owe my ex nothing, but while I was paying my support she went on welfare for a few months. She took from the state $5,000.00 now they are suspending my license. They want me to pay I have receipts I showed them the receipts they say I must take it to court in the meantime pay welfare back or you will lose your driving rights. These people are so powerful I believe they enjoy ruining peoples lives.
My husband lost his job and now he can't drive to interviews so he can't get another job so he ant pay child support. Lose lose situation. Not to mention we have other children and he can't take them to sports or go get groceries for them.
I have been a victim of this law for over 14 Years!! After attempting to be a father the mother pushes me out then files for child support. In the 14 years that this unjust law has been imposed on me and MANY others the only thing that it has accomplished is a destroyed father and daughter relationship and a diminished way of life.

It is economically devastating and the only one that wins are the agencies racking in Millions from average people. The only thing that separates this law from a criminal demanding ransom is the strike of a pen. This is an injustice to fathers and mothers alike and MUST BE REPEALED!!!!!!!
In many cases a suspended license can have a provision for work or school. This Law is very unfair and only promotes further personal problems with the person who's license is suspended. It just doesn't make sense to compound this problem by suspending ones drivers license without any provision for work. Child Support is not a criminal matter but is treated as a crime. Please stop the child support agencies from purposefully ruining the life with unreasonable and illegal license suspensions for child support.
This is a very widespread problem and is causing men and women all over the country to be discriminated against in the workforce, the dmv doesn't distinguish between criminal and civil suspension so the H6 dmv printout should a suspension or several suspensions with absolutely no citations or criminal convictions. The whole program is unfair and needs to be fixed.
My man is working hard to make things right with his son, and pay his outrageous support of 65% of his income because he struggled to find work. Now he loses his Drivers License..Really .. Wow.. ok please know even as he works 2 jobs and pays his ex he has NO communication with his child and going back to court is not an option as there is no money for a lawyer or time off as he would surely lose his jobs... something has to give, when a man wants to work and support his child should be allowed to do so !!
child support services collected funds from my ex husband for my childeren and kept them with NO Authority and NO change in support! The Judge ordered my ex to fix it because he didn't care that his 156 went to his kids. just wanted to hurt me.... After 2 hours waiting at CSS, I got half back. Why do they hold on to my money. I am to get 78 2ce a month. But they send 72 & 6 lately. What is that about?
Before child support services got involved I use to pay my ex-wife voluntarily double of what she gets now and I have my kids all the time. Since she got them involved I only had to pay half, which was great but now laid-off of work with mortgage and I have custody of my kids 15 day a month. Now my license is suspended and how am I supposed to go for interviews or drive my kids around.
Been current for several years. Laid off. Unemployment made a mistake and paid a week late so only. 3/4ths of the month was paid for april. It was received in may, but thanks to the automated system my license was suspended. I owe zero in arrears. Ironically, I have both my girls for this entire month. (I wont get any support for this tho, and thats ok).
If anything, amend the law to remove automated suspensions and stick to federal policy which mandates that lic susp be used only as a last alternative, not as a monetary statistic enhancer which is technically a racket with the dmv.
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This law is no less than Domestic Terrorism spelled DCSS
Not good when you have a loving father working hard for his kids, then driver license taken because an ex keeps going to court to get more and more money. Well he loses job then drivers license. Now no one gets any money. Thank you.
Not good when you have a loving father working hard for his kids, then driver license taken because an ex keeps going to court to get more and more money. Well he loses job then drivers license. Now no one gets any money. Thank you.
For father's who do want to do the right thing & provide for their children; yet, when some have no job & limited resources, the suspension of their license inhibits their opportunity to get hired, go to job interviews, go to school diligently and even see their kids on their own time. The license suspension keeps fathers from being productive, this needs to be rectified & thus removed immediately if the children are the priority. Otherwise, this license suspension implies that Child Support has ulterior motives to collect immensely accumulated arrears
Joe.Riggs2141@gmail.com

Supporting this petition for Action! Courts set the amount to be paid so high it makes it difficult for the noncustodial parent to live. When you don't meet that mark monetarily, they garnish your wages up to 50 percent, even though you pay every month as much as possible, and you still have to live on next to nothing. I am forced to live on 800 a month. I don't make that much, and I'm a disabled combat veteran. They don't care. After a while of not being able to pay a very high amount, they take your license. You can't work anywhere without a license. In effect, you'll get stopped by the police eventually on a routine traffic stop, then they take your drivers license due to the license being suspended lose your job, because you can't get to work, but the child support keeps adding up. Money that your not even earning, keeps piling up and then you owe thousands upon thousands, and the county will do nothing to help you. In my county (imperial) good luck finding a job with the unemployment rate at 29 percent. I don't qualify for any aid because I have always worked. The only way to get your license back is to pay thousands of dollars that you will never be able to pay. A man is forced to drive on a suspended license in order to do the right thing. Support his kids. Unfair law, emotionally and mentally, and financially taxing. What is our congress going to do about this?? Please, act now
Courts set the amount to be paid so high it makes it difficult for the noncustodial parent to live. When you don't meet that mark monetarily, they garnish your wages up to 50 percent, even though you pay every month as much as possible, and you still have to live on next to nothing. I am forced to live on 800 a month. I don't make that much, and I'm a disabled combat veteran. They don't care. After a while of not being able to pay a very high amount, they take your license. You can't work anywhere without a license. In effect, you'll get stopped by the police eventually on a routine traffic stop, then they take your drivers license due to the license being suspended lose your job, because you can't get to work, but the child support keeps adding up. Money that your not even earning, keeps piling up and then you owe thousands upon thousands, and the county will do nothing to help you. In my county (imperial) good luck finding a job with the unemployment rate at 29 percent. I don't qualify for any aid because I have always worked. The only way to get your license back is to pay thousands of dollars that you will never be able to pay. A man is forced to drive on a suspended license in order to do the right thing. Support his kids. Unfair law, emotionally and mentally, and financially taxing. What is our congress going to do about this?? Please, act now
It makes absolutely NO sense to take away my husbands license because we have fallen on major financial hardships and he cannot pay. How the hell is he supposed to get to work if he can't drive. Not to mention every one requires a drivers license these days to get a job. Please stop this nonsense!!!! He can't even get a license in another state because of this. We are trying to make a life and this is GREATLY Impacting our ability to do so. He is involved in his sons life and never had a custody arrangement. California decided they wanted their money back because the mother used the assistance. Why can't both parties pay. Just doesn't make sense at all. Please find it in your hearts to change this!!!!
It makes absolutely NO sense to take away my husbands license because we have fallen on major financial hardships and he cannot pay. How the hell is he supposed to get to work if he can't drive. Not to mention every one requires a drivers license these days to get a job. Please stop this nonsense!!!! He can't even get a license in another state because of this. We are trying to make a life and this is GREATLY Impacting our ability to do so. He is involved in his sons life and never had a custody arrangement. California decided they wanted their money back because the mother used the assistance. Why can't both parties pay. Just doesn't make sense at all. Please find it in your hearts to change this!!!!
This law is absolutely unfair by all means I am and have been separated from my son's mother for years but was only told that I will not be able drive legally due to past due child support. Which I wasn't informed was in effect until after I was already $10k in rears, although I was in touch with my case worker and she blatantly said that I could not start payments until the case was valid with the state. This is unreasonable because my driver's license is what provides a future for myself as well as my son. Please up lift this law to help those of us single parents who are doing the best we can to provide for our children!!!!
My ex receives welfare and I was paying support my support is paid in full but I owe welfare $6,000.00 I did not pay I lost my drivers licenses.
I'm a truck driver by trade, it's hard enough trying to get a job, then you hold my license, I get so many trucking offers, you want me to work fine, want to pay my support, no problem... Don't suspend my license and take my living away from me, my daughter is 19, all mine are arrears, take away my passport like I'm gonna run away from my own country because you money hungry bullies want to feed of my already decomposed carcass, your trying to squeeze water from a brick. These laws do more harm than good, they wedge families even farther apart.
Child support services are paid thugs are getting away with extortion. I had my child rights taken away and cannot see my child. yet I am ordered to pay for the child, under threat of jail and loss of money and property. I pay $400 dollars a month and they collect only my last payments and add that to my child support payments. basically $100 is being counted. I have lost my license and the commerce child support office refuses to talk to me or settle my complaint. they refused all my complaints. and even the state complaint is handled by commerce dept. this is unconstitutional forceing me to pay without accurate accounting and no response to the office the court refuses to let me speak to a judge. and the state refuses to let me SUE for abuse of powers...
This law benefits no one and ruins everyone's lives. The father will never be able to land a decent job to make payments without a valid license and will incur so much debt that will ruin his future and cause to go into poverty. The mother will never get any money at all which will make taking care of the child even rougher. And the child will be hurt the most. Please, consider changing. Think about the innocent people your are hurting.
This law is ridiculous and so counter-productive!
I am 45 yrs old. I have 4 children. 2 I have custody of. The mother is a crank addict and in jail. She took off with My kids when thay were small. She was busted 9 times for drugs! I kept calling child support office abt her drug use and thay would not investigate her! One day I got a call that my kids were in foster care cause she was picked up passed out on a curb with a bag of meth on her! It took Me a year to get my kids from foster care! She payed nothing back for using the child welfare for drugs! My children never got the money and her EBT card was used @ the liquor store for smokes and alcohol! My children are willing to tell the courts but thay are not willing to listen. So I got a 150,000 in back child support from the time I was notified where thay were! I even had to pay the foster care cause she didnt have the ability to pay! I have lost 5 cars and been in jail more times then I could count! I have never been able to pay my child support in full! Kept telling them I dont make thst much! I cant afford to goto work! I am a construction worker and must have my license to work! I was layed off in 2008. Without my license I cant work! If I cant work Icant get my licence. Now the mom is in jail for welfare fruad for tryin to file for her pregnant baby girl 14 yrs of age that lives with her grandma! Thay want me to pay child support but take away my licence and call me a dead beat dad! Are U fudging kidding Me? Just how do I carry 500lbs of carpet 3ft wide and 12 ft long + 400lbs of tools on the bus? Who gunna hire Me? Job interviews... We love U and are ready to hire U but U need Ur licence! Me, THATS FINE! Can U wait 90 to 120 days til I can tell child support I got a job and thay can release my drivers licence. Thay always say, we need some one with a licence today, I'm sorry but we cant use U.... My old boss explained it perfectly! When U on a plane and the oxygen masks come down the 1st thing U do is put the mask on urself then the kids!!!! If U try to put the mask on the kids 1st U mite not be able to help them! Child support is trying to help the kids but killing the parent b4 keeping the parents alive to help the children!!!! Taking my licence is killing the both of us!!! Calofornia! Its time to give me my mask (drivers licence) so I can help my kids!!!!
I am 45 yrs old. I have 4 children. 2 I have custody of. The mother is a crank addict and in jail. She took off with My kids when thay were small. She was busted 9 times for drugs! I kept calling child support office abt her drug use and thay would not investigate her! One day I got a call that my kids were in foster care cause she was picked up passed out on a curb with a bag of meth on her! It took Me a year to get my kids from foster care! She payed nothing back for using the child welfare for drugs! My children never got the money and her EBT card was used @ the liquor store for smokes and alcohol! My children are willing to tell the courts but thay are not willing to listen. So I got a 150,000 in back child support from the time I was notified where thay were! I even had to pay the foster care cause she didnt have the ability to pay! I have lost 5 cars and been in jail more times then I could count! I have never been able to pay my child support in full! Kept telling them I dont make thst much! I cant afford to goto work! I am a construction worker and must have my license to work! I was layed off in 2008. Without my license I cant work! If I cant work Icant get my licence. Now the mom is in jail for welfare fruad for tryin to file for her pregnant baby girl 14 yrs of age that lives with her grandma! Thay want me to pay child support but take away my licence and call me a dead beat dad! Are U fudging kidding Me? Just how do I carry 500lbs of carpet 3ft wide and 12 ft long + 400lbs of tools on the bus? Who gunna hire Me? Job interviews... We love U and are ready to hire U but U need Ur licence! Me, THATS FINE! Can U wait 90 to 120 days til I can tell child support I got a job and thay can release my drivers licence. Thay always say, we need some one with a licence today, I'm sorry but we cant use U.... My old boss explained it perfectly! When U on a plane and the oxygen masks come down the 1st thing U do is put the mask on urself then the kids!!!! If U try to put the mask on the kids 1st U mite not be able to help them! Child support is trying to help the kids but killing the parent b4 keeping the parents alive to help the children!!!! Taking my licence is killing the both of us!!! Calofornia! Its time to give me my mask (drivers licence) so I can help my kids!!!!
This law is not effective in its mission to encourage payment of child support. It only allows the opportunity for excuses of why payment is not received.
I have never had to deal with this but I never have understood this law. To take away a persons drivers license is pretty much taking away their livelihood.
I pay my child support, job has been slow so every time they do not receive a full payment my licence gets suspended. This is so wrong. What happen to the rights of the non custodial parent!!!!!
I pay my child support, job has been slow so every time they do not receive a full payment my licence gets suspended. This is so wrong. What happen to the rights of the non custodial parent!!!!!
I had a really good job... now that I owe back child support ive lost my drivers license and cant get to work what the hell is this country coming to who in the hell came up with this child support law it does worse than good I guess im better off in jail thats what they want anyway it sounds like to me... those croocked bastards you call government.....loose the child support law its ******** to the hard working man....
They make things very difficult for the NCPs. They should also reconsider the interest they are charging and also to ask for supporting documents from the CPs. Most CPs are just making things difficult and want their exes to live a living hell for them.
I get my drivers license suspended for being one month behind but hes 17 years old really. Now I have to pay fines to the dmv too.
I get my drivers license suspended for being one month behind but hes 17 years old really. Now I have to pay fines to the dmv too.
The state can't find my child or my child's mom and isn't even sure where my money is going. One thing is for sure, if I can't make a payment or even make a full payment my license is instantly suspended. Tonight me, my fiancÚ and 18 month old we're stranded with a couple belongings because I was not notified child support was suspending my license yet again. So now not only will I lose my job but I will most likely lose our vehicle. The land of opportunity is a great place.
This stupid law needs to go. Know too many that have a hard time working and visitation with kids due to no license because of partial payment. No right!!!!
Has anybody making this law seen the damage it can cause. I have missed interviews becasuse no license. I am loosing money everday because i do nat have a job because i could not go to interview because no license. How terrible and absolute non-sence.
Hi, This law actually cause more damage by helping people loose their jobs and than they become dependent on the state, which cause state more mony.
This law is ridiculous. I am a custodial parent and this law is just ridiculous and causes undue hardship on the non custodial parent by limiting their ability to work and/or visit their children.
I pay child surpport & don't get to see my kids, but I get to pay for them or lose my license! Something has to change!

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