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 (4,882)
Dec 11th, 2018
Antione M. from Severn, MD writes:
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I admit I owe arrears but since being on child support, the times I was able to work, I basically had to get a job that only covered my arrears and child support which left me with little to no money for other things such as bills and rent just to name a few, my son mother admitted to me that she’s using the money I worked for to give to my son she was using it to provide to his siblings which very disheartening, when I’m not their father. Throughout the years I have lost many job opportunities to make a good living. I’ve been out work for a year now, and today had another opportunity to make good living... I was denied the opportunity because even going further in the potential employment I was told I needed a valid license before even being considered, anybody in their right mind knows that the ability to be able to take care of their debt and still be able to somewhat maintain a healthy financial environment within there selves would hop to it. It’s no way us as men can provide with these kind of standards. I ask that the powers that be make alil easier on non custodial parents. This system is flawed and takes absolute advantage, everybody isn’t making 6 figures. Many like I are suffering financial hardships.
Dec 11th, 2018
Someone from Fairport, NY writes:
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The child support enforcement system is causing people to lose their way of survival. Fathers are made to look like deadbeats because there are mothers who are ALLOWED to abuse the system. My husband went from a great relationship with his son and $0 in arrears to no visitation with his son, $23,000 in arrears and a suspended drivers license all in one year. His ex threatened to “ruin his life” if we got married and days after the wedding he received court papers in the mail. She went to court asking for back child support from 2012 until 2018 and won!! His license was suspended before court was even done and his arrears increased to $23,000. He is literally lost all hope of what to do. No one listens or cares or wants to help. He is dismissed when he calls the child support helpline and the judge played lawyer for his ex and basically told him too bad! How is this legal?? He needs help. Don’t know where to turn!! This is a sad sickening system and it is a vicious cycle you can’t get out of. Someone please help the people victimized by this!!
Dec 11th, 2018
Someone from Bassfield, MS writes:
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I got hurt and was off work for over 4 years and I was applying for disability and they knew I was going through the process but that didn't stop them and it wasn't like I just stop paying and now after they denied me for the last time and I didn't have any income to support my kids so after that I had to find a job but be scared everyday of going through road blocks but I got to make money to take care of my kids and now they have started taking child support back out my check but I see they didn't give my license back
Dec 5th, 2018
jennifer w. from Auburn, GA writes:
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Do not take this law off the books. For 10 years I have been going threw nonpayment of child support. The father already has 90 days to pay, go into father program, call and let them know you are sick. lost job so they can work with you. My ex makes over 60,000.00 a year and still refuses to pay on time. Owes 6,000.00 in back support only has to pay 6,000.00 a year no insurance. He is a truck driver so this is the only way to light that fire under him or jail time which in 10 years has only been used twice. I have our child full time , he is to take her 4 days out of the month. That does not happen nor does he take her for summer, Christmas, never. Please stop putting fathers rights above the childrens.
Dec 4th, 2018
I tore two muscles in my shoulder it was an able to work and they don’t care they said your license you’re gone I just don’t get it man I tried hard and ne R. from Fresno, CA writes:
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I tore two muscles in my shoulder it was an able to work and they don’t care they said your license you’re gone I just don’t get it man I tried hard and never missed no payments
Nov 30th, 2018
Undra S. from Westside, IA writes:
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This is so unfair, I paid child support and still was unable to renew my license . Been out of work for a year and can't make ends meet. Please let me have my license back.
Nov 30th, 2018
Someone from Victorville, CA writes:
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To whom it may concern, the child support Dept. has had my driver license. Suspended due to child support payments I rec'd for my children, when he claims he had our children at the time. All false based on my proof. I recently gave him more the half the money the courts awarded him over 15 years ago. Because I missed the court date because I knew nothing about it, it ended in the results that I owed my x husband so much money when before he walked into court he owed me 3 times that amount. It's was obvious that he lyed in court. So because he has now took an inheritance from me and there is more then half of what they say I owe to his name. My license is still on hold. This has made it almost impossible for me to get to work or to live a normal life. Suspended driver license only make it harder for a person to clear their deths off or to get to work. Change this unjust law so that a person like me in my situation don't suffer for the wrong reasons
Nov 26th, 2018
Daniel N. from Los Angeles, CA writes:
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You're right **** child support taking money I mean stealing money from people that owe child support. I owe child support because I didn't have a job to support my family and my wife applied for government aid. They took 25% of my check when I started working saying I owe child support but my wife only received $50 a month from that money child support took from me $50 bucks a month for 2 children are u serious? They don't care for someones child being taken care of they care about getting rich stealing from people. Child support will suspend your driver's license so that you can't work fall behind on payments and owe more money to them not your children. Oh and they also play a little game called interest charge for not sending payments when they damn well know you don't send payments because you're unemployed and not that you're refusing to pay!!! **** child support and their mama!
Nov 15th, 2018
Someone from Lombard, IL writes:
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My husband currently had this issue, it is unconstitutional and the wrong kind of punishment! How do you expect someone to make good money without having a license?
Nov 15th, 2018
Someone from Lombard, IL writes:
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My husband currently had this issue, it is unconstitutional and the wrong kind of punishment! How do you expect someone to make good money without having a license?

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