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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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6 hours ago
Someone from Tallahassee, FL writes:
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This is most intrusive, controlling, absolutely counter-productive thing I think I have ever heard of DOR doing. How on earth can you legally get to work and back, to PAY the outrageous amounts they set to start with, when they take the means that allows you that privelege? I myself pay child support, and every single time a payment isn't received exactly in 2 weeks, they send a letter threatening me. Note, I pay my support every single biweekly check. I have for years and have not once missed a payment. But they threaten my license if in their system a payment doesn't show up in what they deem "on time". I fight with them constantly over this. It's absolute garbage and it needs to stop.
10 hours ago
Someone from Westminster, SC writes:
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This law in no way makes any sence .when you fall behind on your support then they bind you up so that you can never get cought back can you get out and find work or get to and from work to even make the money to catch it up when they take your legs out from under you.its like they get you down and hold you down while screaming get up.but they have cut your legs off....untill i get my licens back ill never be able to catch up.and if i dont catch up ill never get licens somthing has to give.and ive got 6 kids liveing at home with me that has to suffer becouse of this and this is just rears on a chuld that is 24 years old.and able to support him self.and his mother that gets the money never had custody and is in prizen for 3 strikes ..drug distrabution...she is drug ive been locked up lots of times for not buying her dope.and my little kids has to do with out.some one should be punished for tieing me up so that i cant suoport 6 kids.tather than punnishing mr for not supporting her drug habit and keepong me from takin care of 6
1 day ago
Dwayne J. from Fort Washington, MD writes:
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This has destroyed my life and my childrens life
2 days ago
Jo K. from Wilmer, AL writes:
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This law should be stricken. I'm a grandparent who has to suffer because these in-laws can't drive to work or get a paycheck w no license .
Jul 16th, 2017
Netorian C. from Douglasville, GA signed.
Jul 14th, 2017
Jeff U. from Dresden, TN writes:
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I was a truck driver, my C.D.L. was my lively hood. I can't tell you how many times the State of Florida has suspended it. I've had to literally break bones to make ends meet at meaniel jobs that I wouldn't have my worst enemy work. I get them threatening letters almost every week telling me their gonna suspend !!! I'm 50 yrs old , I work now in a saw mill for minimum wage. 50-60 hrs a week.. and and can't seem to bring home more then 275 a week. There's got to be a better way !!!!
Jul 13th, 2017
Kevin C. from Chico, CA writes:
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Well it's happening, I'm expected to pay 3500 a month in child support and spouse support, I get paid twice a month, after what the state takes out I'm obligated to pay rest. Example, I took home 2100 last check 2200 one before, that's my average. Before all my deductions, taxes etc; my checks look pretty good. I work 8 days on,7 off, so I'm expected to pay the court order, pay my bills, then have to go out on the road and pay for motels, fuel, food. I do receive per diem,which the state calculated into my order, along with my overtime,such in some cases is none. I went exempt on my paychecks for the last two years, I think you can guess what happened there, I owe the IRS 2000+ now. I'm a national debt relief program, and I have my kids the whole time I'm on my off days. I'm not trying to get out of paying my support, plus 30,000 in rearages, but I am trying g to do the best I can. And now they think by taking my licence that this is going to make things better, on the contrary, I'll have to get to work, then drive from hotel to job site, I need to drive my kids to school. Nothing good will come out of taking my licence. I NEED MY LISCENCE
Jul 12th, 2017
Someone from Greensboro, NC signed.
Jul 11th, 2017
Preston B. from Tampa, FL writes:
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Suspended license and holding my passport is the worst thing that ever happen to me... I have more court fees in court cost and having to bond out of jail like im a criminal.. All because of a hold from child support, i wouldnt have made it to college if it wasnt for sports, could continue my career in play ball overseas to provide in make a better future for my family. But i cant, hold from child support, cant drive trucks or work for any good job that pays good with no licence. but my kids stay with me except my lil girl, still no licence, no passport.. All i want is license in passport and my kids every summer every other Christmas in on certain holidays... Love my kids in will do anything for them, but child support is putting people even in worser situations.. Passport in suspended licence does nothing but make stuff worser for some people..
Jul 10th, 2017
Brian M. from Hickory Hills, IL writes:
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This law needs to be changed because suspending my license ****s me from working and now im disabled i cant work its hard for me to pay it but if i had my license i can find something easy to do like delivery