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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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10 hours ago
Julie R. from Rio Rancho, NM writes:
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some people are trying to make things right by paying their child support but you all are setting them up for failure by taking away their license to get to work to make the money to pay child support this is ridiculous..
1 day ago
Leevon G. from Compton, CA writes:
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THE CHILDSUPPORT SCAM IS THE BIGGEST SCAM GOING
1 day ago
Someone from Atlanta, GA writes:
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This has to be one of the stupidest laws ever. The objective is to help the child.not giving money to the mother. If you take tje father license, he cant go to work. The mothers can also take some blame, you picked the guy. Coming from a single parent kid.
1 day ago
Dawanna B. from Meridian, MS writes:
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This needs to stop now. If you can't drive then you can't work. Period. Or take your kids to the park, or McDonald's to eat a chicken nugget. Stop this now
2 days ago
Someone from dry ridge, KY writes:
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Here is how you stop your license from being revoked. Your license have nothing to do with your "child support". If you are not making commerce with your conveyance (Car), you dont need a license as Traveling is a free right. Found in the movement act.
2 days ago
Derek P. from Baltimore, MD signed.
2 days ago
philip M. from Urbana, IL writes:
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im a construction worker and the state of il has taken my dls for failure to pay child support but at the same time they will not up hold their court orders that they set in court or fix their mistakes as to giving child support to a mother who don't have custody .I have been jailed a few times and have brought all matters to the courts attention but either get blown off or the run around so i stop giving them money ,now don't get me wrong i don't have a problem paying my share for my children but will not deal with a corrupt court system who have been proven only to look out for the mother.i have been homeless because of having to pay the state of Illinois 65% of my income .I have been trying to work with the state and they know I'm fighting cancer and trying to work when i can but they want almost a $1000 a month for back support and to stay current and i cant do that without being able to drive
2 days ago
Ann B. from Fairview, TN writes:
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How is a person supposed to get to work to make money to pay Child support?!?!
2 days ago
Kysor T. from Goose Creek, SC writes:
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I live where there is no public transportation, and found out that my license was suspended for back child support. How can I get to work in oreder to pay child support. And how it was suspended with no notification prjor to the suspension. If I loose my job then how will my child be supported.
2 days ago
Someone from Bloomington, IL writes:
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We are not bad people or "deadbeats" this law ties our hands and makes it impossible for those of us in the construction industry to get to our jobsite! We are the guys who literally build our communities! And yours! It's hard enough to survive after the garnishment we are subjected to. Taking our ability to get to work or to get hired at all is just like putting bricks around our ankles and dropping us in water! WE CANT SWIM LIKE THAT! This law punishes our children as much as it does us. We are just trying to be good parents! Someone HELP us please! Thank you.