If you’re new to the child support process, it’s critical that
you understand that all states are very aggressive about enforcing
child support orders. While the balance threshold varies from state-to-state, the failure
to pay child support can lead to wage garnishment, bank levies, liens,
the taking of your lottery winnings and tax refund, the denial of a US
passport, and various license suspensions.
Licenses are very important to Floridians, so for the purposes of this
article, we’re going to focus on license suspensions and revocations
that are caused by child support arrears. You see, all 50 states have
laws that suspend or revoke noncustodial parents’ licenses after
they fall behind on child support by a certain amount, and Florida is
“Each state imposes its own triggering criteria, meaning the amount
of arrears the obligor (the person who owes child support) must owe in
order for a license to be suspended; or the amount of time the obligor
must be delinquent before suspension occurs,” according to the
National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
What Does Florida Law Say?
Under Florida law, the types of licenses that can be suspended for child
support arrears include business licenses, driver licenses, occupational
licenses (hunting and fishing), and professional licenses, but that’s
not all. Vehicle and vessel registration can be affected as well.
If you are the obligor (the paying parent) and you fall behind on your
monthly child support obligation, you have 30 days after the second notice
to pay off the balance or reach an agreement about the child support arrears.
If you fail to comply with the second notice, your applicable licenses
(e.g. business, professional, and recreational) may be suspended as a result.
You have 20 days to get fully caught up on your past-due child support,
or to enter into a written agreement to pay the child support arrears
or to file a petition contesting the delinquency filing. Otherwise, adverse
action may be taken against your driver license and vehicle registration.
Have a concern about your licenses and how they may be impacted by past-due
child support in Orlando, Florida?
Contact R. Gregory Colvin, LLC immediately for assistance!