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Pay child support or lose your business license

Failing to pay child support can have severe consequences for everyone who owes. Child support services on the state level can revoke an individual's driver's license and a business license for failure to pay. In California, marijuana business owners should be prepared to work out a payment arrangement with the Department of Child Support Services or risk losing their license.

The state of California is working to finalize its industry rules and cannabis licensing. Because the commercial industry did not previously exist, they could not use W-2 forms or other income documents to set up payments. Occasionally, receipts from purchases were used to establish payment amounts, but this was on a case-by-case basis and at the discretion of state commissioners. With the legalized cannabis market, it will be easier to figure income for child support payments.

Officials encourage those who owe support to establish a case and request a review with the Department of Child Support Services. Experts agree that the last thing anyone wants to do is limit a parent's ability to earn money. Their goal is to help bridge the financial gap between mom and dad.

When couples break up, the number one goal for all should be the financial support of the children involved. In California, and in other states, failure to pay child support is against the law. If a parent is dealing with child support issues, it may be in his or her best interest to seek advice from an attorney who specializes in child support cases to evaluate the situation for amicable results for all those involved.

Source: times-standard.com, "Cannabis licenses can be revoked if child support not paid, local director says", Will Houston, Nov. 17, 2017

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