STOP LICENSE SUSPENSION FOR DELINQUENT CHILD SUPPORT

YOU HAVE TO WORK TO SUPPORT A CHILD

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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Public Comments (4,893)
Feb 12th, 2019
Rashida is Rashi M. from Cincinnati, OH writes:
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Hello iam posting this because there is some real serious issues that is going on in United States an one of the issues are with child support, Iam a women in America an i have to pay for child support its not always the father has to pay not only that i have lost 3 jobs an now iam only partime some where because some companies really do not want to deal with the issues that comes along with child support not only that i have a ton of arrerages an its due to me not having a license because of child support put a block on my license an cost me a job now iam out of work lookin for temp work on the bus line i have a another child that does not live with me I could not support him due to this child support my son end up living with his grandma an i end up homeless living on the floor in somebody basement please they have to get rid of child support every where its making people homeless, jobless, an the people are receveing the money is not putting the funds on the child period iam from Cincinnati Ohio an child support is a serious problem we have here
Feb 11th, 2019
Someone from Stafford, VA writes:
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I understand the hardship of being a single parent, I did it. However taking someone license to drive hurts the child it also hurts the bond how can a parent pick up there child with no permit, or work? There needs to be a better way a path way to drivers permit something you get your permit, pay stay current for six months get to keep it, people need a chance to start over after job loss or hardship, this taking license does nothing but hurt people trying to do the right thing. Yes the child deserve support from both parents however taking permit only cause more problems. And alot or most jobs don't hire without one. This is not fair to children who the government is keeping from parents because they can't pick child up or go to school parent meeting or work to pay owed support . Keep America great and over turn this out dated practice
Feb 11th, 2019
Someone from Stafford, VA writes:
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I understand the hardship of being a single parent, I did it. However taking someone license to drive hurts the child it also hurts the bond how can a parent pick up there child with no permit, or work? There needs to be a better way a path way to drivers permit something you get your permit, pay stay current for six months get to keep it, people need a chance to start over after job loss or hardship, this taking license does nothing but hurt people trying to do the right thing. Yes the child deserve support from both parents however taking permit only cause more problems. And alot or most jobs don't hire without one. This is not fair to children who the government is keeping from parents because they can't pick child up or go to school parent meeting or work to pay owed support . Keep America great and over turn this out dated practice
Jan 31st, 2019
Araceli R. from Escondido, CA signed.
Jan 22nd, 2019
Someone from Quemado, NM writes:
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I work in the oilfield in Texas and I drive a company vehicle two hours one way to work everyday they suspended my license due to non payment but I have sent a personal check and I am working again but there are times in the oilfield that you may stay with a company for years but in the pipeline industry where I work it varies sometimes we may go threw several companies a year just to stay working and I also have a wife and three children I at home I am trying to support I can’t just send money every week out of my pocket to cover child support but I do always manage to get back to work within days of another job however it takes several weeks sometimes for new company to get payment to child support what I am getting at is if I cannot drive I cannot work therefore not only is the child I am supporting not getting money neither is my wife and children at home
Jan 22nd, 2019
Someone from Quemado, NM writes:
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I work in the oilfield in Texas and I drive a company vehicle two hours one way to work everyday they suspended my license due to non payment but I have sent a personal check and I am working again but there are times in the oilfield that you may stay with a company for years but in the pipeline industry where I work it varies sometimes we may go threw several companies a year just to stay working and I also have a wife and three children I at home I am trying to support I can’t just send money every week out of my pocket to cover child support but I do always manage to get back to work within days of another job however it takes several weeks sometimes for new company to get payment to child support what I am getting at is if I cannot drive I cannot work therefore not only is the child I am supporting not getting money neither is my wife and children at home
Jan 22nd, 2019
Someone from Quemado, NM writes:
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I work in the oilfield in Texas and I drive a company vehicle two hours one way to work everyday they suspended my license due to non payment but I have sent a personal check and I am working again but there are times in the oilfield that you may stay with a company for years but in the pipeline industry where I work it varies sometimes we may go threw several companies a year just to stay working and I also have a wife and three children I at home I am trying to support I can’t just send money every week out of my pocket to cover child support but I do always manage to get back to work within days of another job however it takes several weeks sometimes for new company to get payment to child support what I am getting at is if I cannot drive I cannot work therefore not only is the child I am supporting not getting money neither is my wife and children at home
Jan 22nd, 2019
Someone from Quemado, NM signed.
Jan 4th, 2019
Someone from Chaparral, NM writes:
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I could have had a job. But I don't have a valid license. Furthermore the child support office is an hour away lol I gave up looking for work I owe a lot of money about a third is interest to Oklahoma. 12,000 worth of interest. I make 1700 per month and had other kids on birth control. I currently owe for about 5 warrants because I have tickets from driving on a suspended. I'm so far in debt I will never get out. I'm on food stamps and that is without even paying the support I owe. If I could drive I could have had a job and not be a mooch on public assistance... They will eventually probably put me in jail or something but I'm not sure how that would help either. This system is outdated. It was designed in an age where women couldn't get high paying jobs. Courts should stay out of people's personal affairs and Grant joint custody without child support. Unless of course there's other reasons why that wouldn't work. I got behind because I was injured. Then I found a job and didn't know my license was even suspended. Got pulled over and given a ticket then was screwed because I needed my license for that job. This whole system is designed to screw you. My ex adopted another child as well and had two more... Oklahoma takes what he owes and deducts those other kids from his part. So the way it's calculated it's messed up as well...I will always be poor and unless I take to the streets and rid myself off any bills I will always be poor because 7.50 an hour pays for what? Gas and what? Child support needs to be revamped all the way around...
Dec 27th, 2018
Someone from Greenwood, SC writes:
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I am not someone with my license suspended due to child support but I know a few people who have their license suspended due to delinquent child support and all it does is puts a strain on the obligator. The obligator has to find rides to and from work while never knowing if someone will be willing, available, or even reliable enough to provide transportation. Some individuals live out in nowhere and the closest areas that have jobs can be as far as 30 minutes to an hour away....who would even be committed to helping anyone in that nature? What if the obligator found a higher paying job but can’t get to it because the process of finding someone to take them to and from work doesn’t work out as they hoped??? All this nonsense does is MAINLY hurts the child and secondly puts more pressure and unnecessary stress and anxiety on the obligator which in turns makes the obligator more unhealthy. Obligators need to get to and from work without having to jump through hurdles to support their child(ren). If the obligator cannot get to work...the obligator has a higher chance to be in a more delinquent state.

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