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Child support arrears and your driver’s license

On Behalf of | Jul 27, 2023 | Child Support |

Falling behind on child support payments could upend multiple aspects of your life. If you worry about enforcement actions, it is crucial to understand the potential consequences you could face for failing to pay child support on time. In fact, you could have to deal with the suspension of your driver’s license.

The loss of your driving privileges could prevent you from getting to work, resulting in even more financial problems and making it harder to pay child support. It is pivotal to do everything in your power to prevent license suspension in the first place and review your options if you have already lost your driving privileges.

Child support and license suspension in California

California Child Support Services covers license suspension resulting from unpaid child support. In this state, the government sends notifications to licensing agencies when a non-custodial party falls behind on child support for over 30 days. If you find yourself in this position, the Department of Motor Vehicles will give you 150 days to submit a response in order to avoid the suspension of your license.

If you have found yourself in this position previously and fall behind again, the DMV only gives you 30 days to submit a response.

Responding to a notification over back child support

If you receive a notification from the DMV due to child support arrears, reach out to the child support agency to go over your options right away. If you struggle to pay support, you can discuss your options with them. Moreover, you may want to look into child support modification if your life has changed and you have a hard time staying current.


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