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 (4,902)
1 day ago
Max S. from Belgrade, MT writes:
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I was seventeen when I had my first two children. Never even had a driver's license and at that age not many ppl keep a job for very long before moving on to another. The moms left me because again we were young. I was working and wanted a family but understandably they were scared and went to live with there family. Now I'm 28 have never had a license. Have been to jail multiple times for driving without a license and no insurance have been through countless jobs partially due to not having a license or going to jail for not having a license. At my age now I just want to work and take care of my kids. I now have a third child and I'm to scared to take him to daycare before work because if I get pulled over for no insurance then they find out I don't have a license I go to jail for at least four days and what happens to my son then? My entire adult life has been very full of anxiety due to this. Cops here in belgrade Montana have nothing to do a lot of the time so they pray on people like me who they know don't have a license. I don't speed I use my turn signals o do everything right in order to not draw attention to my self but they know my face and that license is suspended so if I'm seen I'm going to jail. I start another new job Monday. A town over. I hope I can work there long enough to get my license and finally after eleven years bring this nightmare to an end. To make it all the sweeter I'm on federal probation now because I decided to sell drugs and and bought some bad guns from a neighbor a few yrs ago. I couldn't ever hold a job long and gotta make money one way or another. So if I get pulled over or my p o even finds out I'm driving I'll go back to prison for at least ten months because I'm in violation of my terms of release. I'm already 23thousand in debt from child support alone. When you go to prison they keep charging child support. I don't know what to do. I feel like I'm stuck in a revolving door that keeps spinning and sinking.
Mar 29th, 2019
Someone from Omaha, NE writes:
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I suffered a major heart attack I. Which I was clinically dead for 2 hours before they were able to bring me back and then felt with a slu of related I jury’s to the heart attack resulting in not being able to work for a year and a half. Only to have my license suspended when I was finally healthy enough to start working again for non payment of child support. They didn’t even seem to care my circumstances even though they were well documented from the hospital staff
Mar 29th, 2019
Someone from Omaha, NE writes:
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I suffered a major heart attack I. Which I was clinically dead for 2 hours before they were able to bring me back and then felt with a slu of related I jury’s to the heart attack resulting in not being able to work for a year and a half. Only to have my license suspended when I was finally healthy enough to start working again for non payment of child support. They didn’t even seem to care my circumstances even though they were well documented from the hospital staff
Mar 21st, 2019
Someone from OWENSBORO, KY writes:
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Yep this penalty is ******** I've watched my brother in law pay his child support which isn't that much 400$ a month and they still suspended his licence meaning he's got to drive to work without making a cycle of him being pulled over ticketed and now having to go to court on the 16th of April for it maybe spending time in jail just because of a shitty abused penalty I'm not saying there shouldn't be a penalty just this one is totally wrong he's payed over 1000 dollars and I read he can apply for it back or whatever but he's gotta go to court for that as well which if u live where I live not a taxi and how would he have money for a taxi if he can't work lol kk curropt politicians
Mar 15th, 2019
Muhammad R. from Sunnyvale, CA writes:
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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. Its is a very bad situation for the immigrant parent who reached from other country and the wife file a divorce and one 5 years kid is involved in this matter,,,,it's a story of mine when i was reached here in CA from my country, my wife doesn't want to live with me, the other party threaten to putt me in Jail and deport me, but my parents who are in Pakistan they said you have a son just ignore and forget what ever they said, focus on your son and wife, and just spend a time everything goes well soon, you already wasted 7 years for her and if you leaved her and comeback than its very bad, but after some time my wife refused to file a tax with me and argument with me during that argument she call police and falsely balms on me to put me in Jail. but police not found any real facts for domestic violence and they not arrest me but they said if she call again you will be arrested i feel its batter to leave home to save my self, i leave home and file restraining orders, than she file also and she file also a divorce and divorce was finalized last month. but during this divorce case period of 2 years i lost my jobs because her brother and family was involved to messed my image, follow me track me try to trap me harrased me indirectly with their sources,.... my Driving Licence was suspended a 25 times approximately, i don't know here any one to get help, i survived very hard ....Driving licence is my life ,,,,,,,,,because if i lose licence, i lose my job , i lose to pay child support, i lose to pay my food, i lose to pay my car installment and insurance i lose to pay all bills, i already pay child support but the amount is so high so i m not be able to pay complete amount of 1800 dollars a month and judge refused my motion for modification of child support,without any reason,,, every few moths my Driving .Licence suspended .... mr & Mrs Congressman and LAW makers and The government of USA please give me solution what should i do and how will i survived.......please please change this law to prevent people to become job less, home less , transport less and life less. ,.,,because without driving licence how that person survived who is alone and do not know any one here? please take action and resolved this issue as soon as possible....thanks
Mar 15th, 2019
Muhammad R. from Sunnyvale, CA writes:
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Its is a very bad situation for the immigrant parent who reached from other country and the wife file a divorce and one 5 years kid is involved in this matter,,,,it's a story of mine when i was reached here in CA from Pakistan, my wife doesn't want to live with me, the other party thretend to putt me in Jail and deport me, but my parents who are in Pakistan they said you have a son just ignore and forget what ever they said, focus on your son and wife, and just spend a time everything goes well soon, you already wasted 7 years for her and if you leaved her and comeback than its very bad, but after some time my wife refused to file a tax with me and argument with me during that argument she call police and falsely balms on me to put me in Jail. but police not found any real facts for domestic violence and they not arrest me but they said if she call again you will be arrested i feel its batter to leave home to save my self, i leave home and file restraining orders, than she file also and she file also a divorce and divorce was finalized last month. but during this divorce case period of 2 years i lost my jobs because her brother and family was involved to messed my career image, my Driving Licence was suspended a 25 times approximately, i don't know here any one to get help, i survived very hard licence is my life ,,,,,,,,,because if i lose licence i lose my job , i lose to pay child support, i lose to pay my food, lose to pay my car installment and insurance i lose to pay all bills, i already pay child support but the amount is so high so i m not be able to pay complete amount of 1800 dollars a month and judge refused my motion for modification of child support,without any reason,,, every 3rd moth my Driving .Licence suspended .... mr & Mrs Congressman and LAW makers and The government of USA please give me solution what should i do and how will i survived.......please please change this law to prevent people to job less, home less , transport less and life less. ,.,,because without driving licence how that person survived who do not know any one here?
Feb 26th, 2019
Someone from Santa Ana, CA writes:
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This is happening to women with children as well. Not only fathers. The system has gone wild and affects everyone. Written from a mother (kids now over 18) and finishing paying off arrears only now. Unemployed through no fault of my own and walking a tightrope now doing my 100% to secure a position in my field before unemployment runs out. Right now at post office mailing my $15 to DMV to avoid suspension after clearing up notice to suspend drivers license as unemployment garnishment in effect. Yea, I even felt suicidal last night. Have no idea if you have not been through child support system. It is horrendous.
Feb 20th, 2019
Someone from Ventura, CA writes:
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I was unemployed for two years wasn't able to pay my child support Drive for living, now that my driver's license is suspended I tried many other jobs and cannot get them and the only job that I can get is a driving job my child support is steadily Rising and I don't know what to do.
Feb 19th, 2019
Angela D. from Springfield, MA writes:
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My boyfriend just got notice that his license is going to be suspended due to past due child support. He is currently unemployed not receiving unemployment and due to his prescribed blood pressure medicine making him pass out broke his foot and leg. He can't work until he heals . He loves his son and wants to pay but has had this string of bad luck and if they take his license away how is he supposed to get to work? This makes no sense. Please congressman please change this ridiculous law. This "punishment" of taking their license hurts their child and the people they are with as well as them.
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

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