Child support and your driver’s license

On Behalf of | Aug 23, 2022 | Collaborative Family Law |

When working through the divorce process as a parent, it is important to focus on child support. Regardless of whether you expect to receive payments or take on these obligations, you should understand your options, the way in which courts calculate support and the hardships that could arise if payments are not made. For example, if you owe back child support, you could face a number of repercussions, including the loss of your driving privileges.

Losing your driver’s license could create additional hurdles in life, such as making it more difficult to get to work.

License suspension over back child support

According to the Florida Department of Revenue, non-custodial parents who fail to pay child support could face license suspension. Prior to the suspension of your license, you will receive a notice from the Child Support Program, after which you have 20 days to pay back support, sign an agreement, provide documentation that you face certain challenges (such as receiving unemployment or struggling with a disability) or contest the action in court. If you fail to do so, you could lose your license.

Paying child support arrears and license reinstatement

If you have lost your license, you could have the ability to pay back child support to have your license reinstated. For example, you can set up a payment agreement with the Child Support Program or make payments online or in person in order to restore your driving privileges. You will have to pay a reinstatement fee before the state restores your license.

In addition to license suspension, many other hardships can arise if you miss child support payments, and it is pivotal to understand your options so you can stay current or get caught up.