Bringing another human being into the world and caring for them during
their most formative years requires an incredible amount of time and planning.
But children can't be raised on effort alone—as any parent knows,
children are expensive. In fact, the average cost of raising a child in the U.S.
is over $200,000 at the time of writing this article.
When spouses part ways,
child custody and child support arrangements often become a lynchpin of the divorce
process. Even though joint custody and unshared equal custody arrangements are
increasing in popularity, not every parent can support their children financially. In such cases,
it's common for courts to arrange child support for the less economically
stable parent. Child support arrangements ensure that children maintain
the same quality of life post-divorce as they enjoyed pre-divorce.
Unfortunately, not every parent honors their child support arrangement.
If your ex-spouse refuses to pay you child support, you can use court
orders such as license suspensions to ameliorate the situation.
How Do License Suspensions to Enforce Court Orders Work?
Most of us are familiar with the concept of license suspensions. Typically,
license suspensions occur when someone violates a crime while driving,
such as crashing their car in a public space, Driving While Intoxicated
(DWI), or driving a vehicle without the proper certification.
However, courts may also issue license suspensions to enforce court orders, such as
child support payments. License suspensions are an effective way to enforce court orders
due to the ramifications they impose on the offending party. Most of us
use our driver's license every day, especially in a large state like
Texas. Having an up-to-date driver's license is a necessity for most
people. License suspensions are damaging enough to force action from individuals
who may otherwise disregard a court's orders.
If a court issues a license suspension to your ex-spouse to enforce child
support payments, your ex-spouse will lose access to activities that require
an active unsuspended license, such as driving, ID checks, etc.
Reinstating a license is difficult. For your ex-spouse to reinstate their
license, they have to comply with whatever order the court is enforcing
by revoking the license (in this case, child support payments).
When a license suspension occurs for a violation like DWI, the offending
party can sometimes request an occupational license. Occupational licenses
are restrictive licenses that allow drivers to get to essential locations
like work or school. If your ex-spouse needs their driver's license
to comply with the court order (for example, if they need their license
for their job so they can make enough money to pay you child support),
a court may issue them an occupational license.
To get their driver's license reinstated fully, your ex-spouse needs
to comply with the court order that resulted in their license suspension.
Once they do so and can show documents to the court that prove their compliance,
their full license may be reinstated.
How Do I Ask a Court to Issue a License Suspension?
Fortunately, asking a court to issue a license suspension to enforce child
support is an easy process in Texas. You simply need to show the court:
- how many child support payments your ex-spouse missed,
- when those payments were due,
- and the total amount your ex-spouse currently owes you.
Any documentation you have to support these claims, such as the original
child support arrangement issued by the court and bank statements that
prove your ex-spouse has been negligent in their child support, will help
you receive a court enforcement order. To make the process even easier,
consider seeking help from an established family law attorney.
Contact a Dependable Family Law Attorney
Law Office of Kathryn Marteeny, we possess extensive knowledge of the Texas legal system and laws to
get the results you desire. If you received a license suspension for a
family law-related offense such as delinquent child support, we can help
you navigate this process successfully.
To learn more, contact us onlineor at 713.936.2300 to schedule a consultation.