Failing to pay child support in Florida is a serious issue. Whether you are required to pay $100 per month or $600 per month, you need to make these payments on time. If you don’t, the court can take various actions to make sure the money gets where it needs to go. This includes taking your tax refund check, withholding your income and placing levies on your financial accounts. The state can also suspend your driver’s license.
The best way to have your license reinstated is to work with an attorney. The attorney will help you file a Motion to Contest the Driver’s License Suspension. The state might allow you to pay what is known as a purge amount. This is a lump sum payment made to the recipient of the child support that shows the state you have good faith, which could lead to the reinstatement of your license.
There’s also a chance that you can avoid license suspension altogether. This may be done by filing a motion that contests an upcoming suspension due to failure to pay child support. You must file this motion no later than 20 days prior to the suspension taking effect.
The motions you file to either have your license reinstated or to prevent suspension are done so with the Florida Department of Revenue. The agency might also assess a fee for reinstatement on top of the money you still owe in child support payments.
You can have your driver’s license reinstated after it has been suspended for failing to pay child support. Make sure you begin making the required monthly payments and even add a percentage to each payment to help pay down some of the back payments you owe.