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Back child support and your Wisconsin licenses

On Behalf of | Jul 4, 2023 | FAMILY LAW - Family Law |

If you have a hard time paying child support, it is important to understand the possible problems that could come up if you stop making payments. Whether you worry about the possibility of arrest or losing your tax refund, unpaid child support can lead to harsh consequences. In addition, you could face the suspension of your driver’s license and other types of licenses.

Without your license, you could lose the ability to work and you might have to miss out on recreational activities you enjoy.

When does back child support affect licenses?

According to the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, unpaid child support can affect a non-custodial parent’s license if they face a child support lien of at least $1,000 or 300% of the amount they owe each month. If the court decides to move forward with license suspension, they inform the parent of the enforcement.

Which licenses does unpaid child support affect?

If you owe a certain amount of unpaid child support, you could face the suspension, denial, restriction or non-renewal of various licenses, such as your driver’s license, occupational license, recreational license or professional license.

In order to avoid these actions, you should go over all of your options. For example, you might have the ability to safeguard your license by paying arrears in full, setting up a payment plan or requesting a hearing. Furthermore, modifying your child support order could make it easier for you to stay caught up and avoid falling behind in the first place.