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What happens when a parent falls behind on child support? - II

Of the multiple payment obligations that may arise out of a divorce, none are perhaps more important than child support. That's because recipient parents rely on these funds to help cover basic living expenses for their child, including food, clothing and shelter.

In light of this reality, it should really come as no surprise to parents ordered to pay child support to learn that the state -- or, more precisely, the Florida Department of Revenue's Child Support Program -- has a host of enforcement actions that it will readily deploy should a parent fail to make timely payments and/or pay the full amount owed.

In today's post, we'll continue our ongoing discussion of some of these enforcement options.

If the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles suspends my driver's license for failing to pay child support, am I out of options?

No. In the event the DHSMVsuspends your driver's license after being notified of a failure to pay child support by the Department of Revenue, you have several options for getting it reinstated.

What are these options regarding license reinstatement?

In general, there are three ways in which license reinstatement can be accomplished:

  • Appearing in person at the clerk of court's office and paying off your arrears in full; License reinstatement can typically occur at a local branch of DHSMV within two business days of the Department of Revenue receiving payment.
  • Using a credit card to pay off your arrears in full at MyFloridaCounty.com; License reinstatement can typically occur at a local branch of DHSMV within six business days of the Department of Revenue receiving the payment.
  • Traveling to the local branch of the Child Support Office and executing a written agreement: Typically the fastest path to license reinstatement.

What is a written agreement?

A written agreement is essentially a contract between the Department of Revenue and the delinquent parent setting forth a repayment plan for past due child support.

It's important to understand that execution of a written agreement, which typically calls for the delinquent parent to make monthly payments, has no impact on obligations set forth in the child support order.

In other words, a parent will be responsible for both their regular child support payment and their payment under the written agreement going forward.

We will continue this discussion in future posts.

If you have questions or concerns related to child support, including modification or enforcement, please consider speaking with an experienced legal professional as soon as possible.

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