If you fall behind on child support, your life could turn upside down in many different ways. Aside from losing your passport, facing the possibility of arrest and suffering damage to your reputation, you could lose your ability to drive. In addition, the state also suspends other types of licenses belonging to parents who do not stay current on child support obligations.
It is important to review license suspension and unpaid child support, whether you currently owe back support, worry about finding yourself in this situation soon or have concerns about child support issues during the divorce process.
When does back child support lead to license suspension?
The Attorney General of Texas states that if a non-custodial parent has child support arrears equaling or exceeding three months’ worth of their obligations and they have had the chance to pay arrears through a repayment plan, the state could suspend their license if they do not make payments.
On top of the suspension of a driver’s license, the state could also suspend your professional, occupational or business license. Furthermore, you could lose the ability to hunt, fish or take part in other activities that require a permit or license.
How can you avoid losing your license because of child support?
If you owe child support arrears, you have to set up an agreement and start making payments to prevent the loss of your licenses. In addition to paying back child support, you must also pay the current child support that you owe each month.