Neglecting to stay current on child support payments can have severe consequences. In fact, failing to meet child support obligations can result in license suspension and affect a parent’s ability to drive.
Losing a license can disrupt different parts of a parent’s life and make it even harder for them to pay child support. This highlights the importance of fulfilling financial responsibilities for the well-being of children.
Child support and driving privileges
According to the Administration for Children and Families, Tennessee suspends licenses when child support arrears reach $500 and a parent fails to pay for 90 days. This measure aims to encourage parents to prioritize their financial obligations towards their children.
If a parent wants to have their driving privileges restored, they have to set up a payment plan or pay all of what they owe.
The impact on daily life
License suspension due to unpaid child support can have serious consequences and strain parent-child relationships. The inability to drive can limit the parent’s involvement in their children’s activities, including school events, extracurricular activities and doctor appointments. This physical absence may lead to feelings of disappointment and frustration for both the parent and the child.
Without a valid driver’s license, a parent might have a hard time getting to work, attending important appointments or taking care of various responsibilities. This can lead to job loss, financial instability and other problems. Furthermore, continued failure to pay child support can result in legal consequences, such as fines or even time behind bars.