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Unpaid child support and license suspension

Child support is an important financial responsibility that parents have towards their children. When a parent fails to pay child support, it can result in a number of court-imposed penalties and other repercussions.

One of the consequences of unpaid child support is the suspension of the parent’s driver’s license.

The license suspension process

License suspension due to unpaid child support involves multiple steps. First, the non-custodial parent receives notification of the delinquency. Next, they are given a chance to make the overdue payments or come up with a payment plan to catch up on the arrears. If the parent fails to comply with the payment requirements, the child support enforcement agency can request the suspension of their license.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan may deny, suspend or revoke a parent’s license if they are two months behind on child support. In addition to driver’s licenses, the state also suspends professional licenses and recreational licenses, such as hunting and fishing licenses. License suspension is a powerful tool used to encourage parents to stay current.

The impact of suspension

Once the license is suspended, the delinquent parent is unable to legally drive until they have satisfied the child support obligations and the suspension is lifted. License suspension can have a significant impact on the delinquent parent’s life. It can make it difficult for them to commute to work, run errands or fulfill other important responsibilities. This can serve as a strong motivator for the parent to prioritize making child support payments and avoid further consequences.

It is important for parents to understand the seriousness of failing to pay child support and the potential consequences, such as license suspension. By fulfilling their financial obligations towards their children, parents can ensure the well-being and stability of their child’s life and protect their driving privileges.