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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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4 hours ago
Someone from Temecula, CA writes:
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Stop with this suspension
1 day ago
Someone from Portland, OR writes:
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Why on God's green earth would you take a person's license if they need to get to and from work. This defeats the purpose it doesn't make sense especially knowing the state has the power to garnish ones check. You would think they would do all they can to keep you working to be able to garnish smdh!!!... Sigh! What about the dead beat mothers who play games with their kids dad as if it's always his fault. Then instantly labeled a loser or dead beat dad..this is truly abd genuinely ridiculous.... Just WOW!!!
1 day ago
Travis H. from Arlington, TX writes:
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I am a driver that can't find work because of a suspended license
1 day ago
Nicholas B. from Kenner, LA writes:
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I don't think it's right for anyone's license to be suspended due to delinquent child support. The reason why is simple if a person license is due this then how are they suppose to get back and forth to work after getting a job especially if they have no family or friends close enough to rely on. I also think that a person who is delinquent on child support should also be given at least a six month period to find a job instead of being thrown in jail. The reason for that is that most comedy not hire people with a criminal record. Why make a system that is set to allow a person to fail then want to question that person and ask why they can't pay the child support? The problem is with the system not with the people who are trying to do the best that they can with the laws that are set up to cause the people to fail.
1 day ago
Thomas W. from High Ridge, MO writes:
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I owe $150,000 in support of a child who is absolutely not mine. My dl has been gone for 8 years and the number keeps growing each day. I cant get credit...buy a car a home or even work without driving ilkegally. The mother kept her from seeing me so i sugned an admittance of paternity ti get visitation. She then married the childs father and 8 years later left him with the child. Yet is still racking uo benifits. Shes now 19. Manilulation of the system needs to stop. This is a very counter productive law.
1 day ago
Ranzie I. from Cleveland, GA writes:
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Yes my name is Ranzie Irvin and my daughters mother turned me in on child support after we split the sheets.She told them I owed 30,000 dollars witch is not true but child support took my license and take half of my weekly check plus my taxes! So I can't even pay a taxi to get me to court!!! Even if I could I can't afford to miss a days work because of my living expenses. If I don't have and license or a permit to work and back I will certainly lose my job and I don't know what to do!
1 day ago
Someone from Belleview, FL signed.
1 day ago
dikeba l. from Houston, TX signed.
1 day ago
Ed H. from Denver, CO writes:
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The child I'm paying on has been adopted. I've never met or seen this child. I have no rights to this child but for 20 years I'm paying on a made up number and my license is constantly threatened. If I make a payment early they decide to apply the payment to the prior month making me appear to have missed a payment which threatens my license. This is unfair and unjust. I desperately seek help to end their constant harassment.
1 day ago
Ed H. from Denver, CO writes:
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The child I'm paying on has been adopted. I've never met or seen this child. I have no rights to this child but for 20 years I'm paying on a made up number and my license is constantly threatened. If I make a payment early they decide to apply the payment to the prior month making me appear to have missed a payment which threatens my license. This is unfair and unjust. I desperately seek help to end their constant harassment.