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Unpaid child support and license suspension

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2024 | Blog, Family Law

Child support is a key aspect of ensuring the well-being of children whose parents are no longer together. It is a legal responsibility that both parents have to provide financial support for their children.

When a parent fails to pay their child support obligations, it can have serious consequences. For example, they could face the suspension of their driver’s license.

The suspension process

According to Mass.gov, one of the enforcement mechanisms for unpaid child support is the suspension of the delinquent parent’s driver’s license. This measure aims to compel the parent to fulfill their financial obligations towards their child. By suspending their license, the parent has the inconvenience of not being able to legally drive, which can affect their ability to work and earn income.

The process of license suspension for unpaid child support follows a series of steps. First, the custodial parent or the child support enforcement agency files a complaint about the delinquent payments. The non-paying parent is then notified and given an opportunity to respond or make arrangements to pay the overdue support. If the parent fails to comply, the court may order the suspension of the parent’s driver’s license until they catch up on their child support payments.

The importance of paying support

It is important to note that the goal of license suspension is not to punish the delinquent parent but to encourage compliance with their child support obligations. By taking away their driving privileges, the parent becomes incentivized to prioritize their financial responsibilities towards their child. Furthermore, license suspension for unpaid child support is a last-resort measure, intended for cases where other enforcement methods have been unsuccessful.

By understanding the consequences of failing to pay child support, parents can take proactive steps to fulfill their duties and provide for their children’s needs.