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STOP LICENSE SUSPENSION FOR DELINQUENT CHILD SUPPORT

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Courts have authority to suspend a license granted to a Child Support obligor by a state. This power is frequently passed on to Child Support Enforcement employees that have authority and direct access to the Department of Motor Vehicles license data base. The obvious license subject to suspension is the driver's license, but states issue licenses for a variety of occupations. Because these licenses are required to work in the particular occupation, license suspension can be a serious matter to an obligor.

Is all non payment of support deliberate or could it be the result of economic hardships imposed due to erroneous license suspensions? In many places public transportation to and from work is not an option. Most people require a driver's license in order to stay employed. How can it benefit a child to take away the one thing that may allow a parent who has fallen behind in support to eventually catch up?

Example: A truck driver, construction worker or salesman is laid off or injured on the job and unable to work. They apply for benefits and find either there is no insurance or there is a waiting period before benefits begin (at a fraction of earnings) resulting in a duration without income. They inevitably fall behind in everything (not just child support). Child Support responds by suspending their license until caught up. Attempts to return to work are met with "the position is no longer available" or, "unable to accommodate injury." Child Support is notified of the situation and responds with "find work elsewhere." What is often not considered is that most employers will not hire qualified people in these fields without a valid license. They are turned away until they get their license and support issues straightened out. Many professions require valid driver's license in order to use a professional license which influences employ-ability as a result. This becomes a downward spiral for the "obligar" and has a direct impact on the child that would benefit from the support.

So, how do they get caught up if they are not employable in their field? How can taking away a parents ability to seek, obtain or keep employment benefit their children? In the overall picture license suspension punishes the child more than the obligated parent.

Work in the support of children and click the links to email the Senate, House of Representatives, President Obama and your Congressman and request that they stop driver's licenses suspensions for delinquent child support. Sign the petition. You have work to support a child.

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4 hours ago
Someone from Atlanta, GA writes:
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So I have been threatened to have my license suspended because I fell behind on child support. I lost my job and was out of work for 3 months. I am just about to start work and now they are threatening to take my license away, so how will I get to work? I don't have public transportation near me. This makes no sense, I will lose my job all over again and be forced to get a lower paying job near me thus paying less child support and supporting my children less. I won't be able to drive to see my children or do anything with them if I do see them. I want to support my children but I have been hit with such absolutely high child support that I keep falling further and further behind financially. The divorce took 2 years and the courts said I owe back child support which they pu ton my credit causing me to lose my security clearance. My credit is wrecked because of this, I am behind on all my bills and now this. I will never be able to move on and have a normal life because of all this. It's not like I cheated on her or was abusive. I had a nice job that required travel and she cheated on me and my life has been on a downward spiral ever since. I can't even afford to see my kids. I used to have a top secret security clearance and could be making six figures if I still had it. Now I make half of that because I lost it. If they take my license I will be working at my grocery store across the street for minimum wage. How does this even make sense? If they take my license I might just go and kill myself, I am so tired of struggling that I have no life anymore so what't the point.
6 hours ago
James O. from Benton Harbor, MI writes:
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I am also a victim of this ridiculous law. The child support enforcement division has suspended my Barber's license, Barber Instructors license, my drivers licence. So I went back to school and earned a bachelors degree in business administration and now it's worthless to use the degree because the state will garnish 55% of my NET pay. I can't receive small businesses loans because I have outstanding child support debt. Debt which less than 10% of is owed to the state. The irony of it all is that my son and I have a great relationship. The amounts I owe are not owed to the state, but are owed to the custodial parent. I don't understand why a drivers license, occupational license, and recreational license would be deemed a privilege and not be deemed a right to capable individuals. These laws that are enforced by the state cause conflict with the rights granted to individuals by the constitution. Cruel and unjust punishment that causes hardship is unconstitutional. These court approved actions against individuals living in Michigan deprive individuals of liberty. Even though these actions are carried out legally with due process of law, these actions deprive individuals of their liberty. These actions are cruel and unjust as they cause overbearing hardship for individuals. Many father- child relationships, career goals and much more are being negatively effected by these laws .
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dawn o. from Culdesac, ID writes:
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I believe suspending a driver's license for not paying child support should not be allowed. I believe this is not a natural consequence of not paying child support as the payer is already havimg wages garnished and leads to further impoverishment. If you interviewed each person that have had this happen to them I believe you would find a lot of good parents who need this law to be changed for them
15 hours ago
Kenya W. from Brooklyn, NY writes:
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To quote Nicholas B. "I don't think it's right for anyone's license to be suspended due to delinquent child support. The reason why is simple if a person license is due this then how are they suppose to get back and forth to work after getting a job especially if they have no family or friends close enough to rely on. I also think that a person who is delinquent on child support should also be given at least a six month period to find a job instead of being thrown in jail. The reason for that is that most comedy not hire people with a criminal record. Why make a system that is set to allow a person to fail then want to question that person and ask why they can't pay the child support? The problem is with the system not with the people who are trying to do the best that they can with the laws that are set up to cause the people to fail."
1 day ago
Someone from Temecula, CA writes:
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Stop with this suspension
2 days ago
Someone from Portland, OR writes:
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Why on God's green earth would you take a person's license if they need to get to and from work. This defeats the purpose it doesn't make sense especially knowing the state has the power to garnish ones check. You would think they would do all they can to keep you working to be able to garnish smdh!!!... Sigh! What about the dead beat mothers who play games with their kids dad as if it's always his fault. Then instantly labeled a loser or dead beat dad..this is truly abd genuinely ridiculous.... Just WOW!!!
2 days ago
Travis H. from Arlington, TX writes:
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I am a driver that can't find work because of a suspended license
2 days ago
Nicholas B. from Kenner, LA writes:
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I don't think it's right for anyone's license to be suspended due to delinquent child support. The reason why is simple if a person license is due this then how are they suppose to get back and forth to work after getting a job especially if they have no family or friends close enough to rely on. I also think that a person who is delinquent on child support should also be given at least a six month period to find a job instead of being thrown in jail. The reason for that is that most comedy not hire people with a criminal record. Why make a system that is set to allow a person to fail then want to question that person and ask why they can't pay the child support? The problem is with the system not with the people who are trying to do the best that they can with the laws that are set up to cause the people to fail.
2 days ago
Thomas W. from High Ridge, MO writes:
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I owe $150,000 in support of a child who is absolutely not mine. My dl has been gone for 8 years and the number keeps growing each day. I cant get credit...buy a car a home or even work without driving ilkegally. The mother kept her from seeing me so i sugned an admittance of paternity ti get visitation. She then married the childs father and 8 years later left him with the child. Yet is still racking uo benifits. Shes now 19. Manilulation of the system needs to stop. This is a very counter productive law.
2 days ago
Ranzie I. from Cleveland, GA writes:
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Yes my name is Ranzie Irvin and my daughters mother turned me in on child support after we split the sheets.She told them I owed 30,000 dollars witch is not true but child support took my license and take half of my weekly check plus my taxes! So I can't even pay a taxi to get me to court!!! Even if I could I can't afford to miss a days work because of my living expenses. If I don't have and license or a permit to work and back I will certainly lose my job and I don't know what to do!