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Delinquent child support and driver’s license suspension

| Oct 28, 2014 | Child Support |

Illinois state family law guidelines outline several options for enforcing legal child support agreements. In the event that noncustodial parents fail to comply with the terms of their child support decree, they may face the prospect of having their driver’s license suspended, among other legal penalties.

According to the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles, there are numerous reasons for why a person may be subject to driver’s license suspension. The state of Illinois regards driving as a privilege, and therefore reserves the right to revoke that privilege in cases where motorists commit specific violations.

The Family Financial Responsibility Act outlines procedures that the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, along with Illinois family law courts, can take to enforce state child support policies. And according to the state law, driver’s license revocation can be considered in cases where the noncustodial parent in question is at least three months behind on his or her child support payments. If a person is deemed to be in contempt of court for failing to pay child support, the Secretary of State’s office may have his or her license suspended until he or she resumes payments. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services can also petition to the Secretary of State’s office to have a person’s driver’s license suspended for delinquent child support.

In either case, the parent is given 60-day notice before the license suspension goes into action. A parent may also be provided with a Family Financial Responsibility driving permit under particular circumstances.

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