Written by attorney Elisa M Reiter

Losing a License Due to Failure to Pay Child Support

Every state has statutory or administrative rules that in some way restrict, suspend, or revoke licenses for failure to pay child support. The licenses affected usually include driver's licenses, occupational licenses, professional licenses (such as a law license), and recreational licenses (such as hunting and fishing licenses). Each state imposes triggering events, such as the amount of arrears the obligor (the person who owes child support) must owe such that the obligor’s a license will be suspended; or the amount of time the obligor must be in arrears before suspension occurs. Once the threshold criterion have been met, certain due process procedures are allowed before suspension of a license, including: notice to the obligor that they are behind, giving the obligor a chance to pay the full amount of arrears, coming up with a payment plan with the child support enforcement agency, or requesting a hearing to object the allegations.

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