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How license suspension affects parents owing child support

On Behalf of | Sep 18, 2023 | Family Law |

Having a driver’s license allows people to drive legally and independently. However, if a parent fails to pay child support, their driver’s license can become suspended. This can have significant consequences for the parent and their ability to fulfill their responsibilities.

License suspension means that the parent cannot legally drive a car. Without a license, they may have to rely on public transportation or others for help, which can prove inconvenient and restrictive.

Transportation and employment

Losing a license can make it difficult for the parent to get to work, run errands or attend important appointments. It can also limit their ability to visit their child or fulfill other parental responsibilities. California Child Support Services states that parents who face the loss of their driving privileges due to unpaid child support receive a notice beforehand, giving them 150 days to respond to avoid suspension (30 days for subsequent notices).

Also, many jobs require a valid driver’s license, especially those that involve driving as part of the job duties. If a parent’s license becomes suspended, it can affect their employment opportunities. They may lose their current job or have difficulty finding new employment. This adds financial stress and makes it even more challenging for the parent to meet their child support obligations.

Children and support payments

It is important for parents to maintain a strong connection with their children, and license suspension can create barriers to achieving that. Without the ability to drive, it becomes more challenging to spend quality time with the child or participate in their activities. This can strain relationships and cause emotional distress for both the parent and the child.

If one loses their license due to unpaid child support, they should communicate with the appropriate child support agency to understand the amount owed and create a plan to catch up on payments. Parents should make regular and timely payments to protect their driving privileges and avoid further consequences.