If you have failed to pay child support on time, or have concerns about staying caught up, it is extremely important to understand the repercussions that you could face if you fall behind. For example, you could find yourself facing the suspension or denial of your driver’s license. In addition, you could lose other important licenses that you count on.
Parents can fall behind on their support obligations for many reasons, such as job-related problems and health crises. Make sure you have a comprehensive understanding of your options if you face financial hurdles that make it tough to pay child support, such as possibly modifying your court order.
Back child support and your licenses
The Attorney General of Texas reports that parents can lose their licenses and face the denial of an application because of unpaid child support. For example, if you have over three months of back support, you have received a repayment schedule allowing you to make payments and you have failed to comply with your repayment schedule, you could lose your license.
Not only does the state suspend and deny driver’s licenses due to unpaid child support, but they also suspend and deny professional and occupational licenses. In addition, you could lose your recreational license, such as your fishing or hunting license.
Paying child support and avoiding license suspension
The OAG reports that parents have to start paying child support (including their past-due balance) in order to avoid license suspension. If your financial situation recently changed significantly, you should familiarize yourself with child support modification. Modifying your child support order could protect your licenses and help you stay current by lowering the amount you owe.