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Enforcing child support obligations through a license suspension

Here at the Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, P.C., we work with many clients who are struggling to get their ex-spouses to honor their child support agreements. If you are like most of those we have helped to resolve this issue, then you are probably not aware of the many methods the state is allowed to employ to collect un-paid child support. One such method that often proves to be extremely effective is suspending an obliged parent’s driver’s license.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the state has the right to either suspend your ex-spouse’s current driver’s license, or prohibit him or her from being issues a new one while delinquent on his or her child support payments. In such a case, a promise to pay is often not enough to remove the suspension; it remains in effect until the DPS is notified by the state that the matter has either been stayed or resolved.

The request to suspend a driver’s license for past-due child support comes from the Child Support Division of the Texas Attorney General’s office. If along with not receiving your child support payments, you are unable to locate your ex-spouse, the Attorney General’s office can do that for you. You simply need to file a request with them, including any information that might be helpful in determining his or her current location.

While you are unable to specifically request that the Attorney General suspend your ex-spouse’s license, providing him or her with specific information such as his or her social security number (or even his or her license number, if you have it) can allow access the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles database.

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