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License suspension over unpaid child support

On Behalf of | May 15, 2024 | DIVORCE - Divorce

Child support is a legal obligation that parents have to financially support their children. When a parent fails to meet this obligation, there are consequences that can have a significant impact on their daily life. One such consequence is the suspension of their driver’s license.

It is very important for parents struggling to pay child support to understand that their license could be at stake and review their options.

The loss of driving privileges

License suspension due to unpaid child support is a serious issue that affects many parents across the country. According to the New Jersey Legislature, parents can face various penalties for non-payment, including the suspension of licenses. In addition to driver’s licenses, the state may also revoke professional and recreational licenses over child support. This measure is often used as a last resort when other efforts to collect unpaid child support have been unsuccessful.

The rationale behind license suspension for unpaid child support is to incentivize parents to fulfill their financial responsibilities towards their children. By taking away their ability to drive legally, the hope is that parents will prioritize making their child support payments in order to have their license reinstated. However, the consequences of license suspension can be far-reaching.

The impact of license suspension

Without a valid driver’s license, a parent may struggle to get to work, attend medical appointments or run everyday errands. This can lead to financial hardship, loss of employment and a decreased quality of life for both the parent and their children. If a parent is struggling to make their child support payments, they should explore alternative payment options or modifications to the child support order.

By taking proactive steps to address unpaid child support, parents can avoid the consequences of license suspension and ensure the well-being of their children.