Written by attorney Christine Miller Hendrix

Behind on Child Support Payments? You May Lose Your License.

Missouri law allows for the loss of a license for anyone delinquent in child support payments of three months or $2500.00, whichever is less. Licenses that can be taken due to delinquent child support payments fall into five categories.

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If you are a parent that is delinquent in child support, you face the loss of business, driver’s, occupational, professional or recreational license(s). You may prevent the loss only by paying the delinquency in full, or by entering into a payment plan to retire the delinquency and maintain timely payments as set forth in the payment plan. If you are a parent who is not receiving the amount of child support set forth in a court order, taking a license from the parent obligated to pay support may be one way to attempt to enforce a child support order. (However, there are practical concerns about attempting to collect child support by taking away the obligated parent’s ability to engage in employment which would provide the source of funds to needed pay the obligated child support.) Consultation with an experienced family law attorney can assist in addressing the issues and concerns raised in child support cases.

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