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Let deadbeat parents keep driver's licenses State should not prevent them from working.

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November 17, 2006

 

Deadbeat parents should feel the government breathing down their necks. Those who fail to pay child support neglect their children and burden taxpayers when custodial parents (usually mothers) are forced to use welfare and other assistance to provide for children. The state should do all it can to collect child support. Within reason. Taking away someone's driver's license isn't reasonable. Yet many states, including Iowa, do exactly that.

 

This was brought to our attention recently when a woman called the editorial writers' department and told us her son, a self-employed carpet-layer, lost his driver's license because he hadn't paid his child support. He can't earn money for child support if he can't drive to the job sites. He's not alone. In 2005, nonpayment of child support led to suspension of 7,761 Iowa driver's licenses. That may prevent someone from looking for employment. Or driving to school. Or visiting their child. Worst of all, it's a punishment that simply doesn't fit the crime. And it's not the only example of Iowa suspending a driver's license for a non-driving offense. When we called the Iowa Department of Transportation, we were shocked at the list of non-driving offenses that can lead to a license suspension. Those under age 18 have been a favorite target of Iowa lawmakers. In 2005, five minors had their licenses suspended for unlawfully purchasing tobacco. Failure to attend school may prompt the school district to notify the DOT, which can suspend a minor's license. The state can take a license from a teen who takes a weapon to school. The DOT suspended 139 licenses last year for not repaying a student loan.

 

The punishment isn't logical. Driving is a privilege. But the loss of that privilege should be related to a driving offense. Suspending a driver's license for not paying child support makes no more sense than suspending a professional license, which can prevent everyone from barbers to insurance agents from working. Yet Iowa does this as well. It's understandable lawmakers would try to use all tools available to scare deadbeat parents into paying. Carol Eaton, bureau chief at Iowa Child Support Recovery, said suspending a license is one tool used to get people's attention and is a last resort. "We don't want your license. We want you out there working," she said. But suspending a driver's license may prevent a parent from working.

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It all part of the ploy to marginalize the father and shun him from the childs life. It's also one way to make sure the NCP can never get back on his feet after a divorce, or afford an attourny to protect his rights.
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How true ......... they pull the same crap with passport sanctions.

Iowa will release any sanctions toward licenses once an income withholding order is in place. However, my sanction was placed by Washington state and even though I supplied a letter from my employer saying "the passport was needed for continued employment" the caseworker suggested that if I were to also make an "additional offer of payment" toward arrearage it would really help to swing their decision to release my passport sanction. I should not have to "buy" my right to work - in my situation, I design equipment in Omaha, but the company manufactures the equipment in Canada and I need to be able to travel between the two facilities.  They could care less.  Even with an Iowa income order in place, the employer letter, etc. Washington says the matter has been turned over to their "Conference Board".  Any bets?

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Just out of curiosity how far behind on support does one have to be to have the license and passport withheld?

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I don't know about the driver licenses but I do know for passports as my employment requires one.  If anyone is $5,000 behind you cannot get or maintain your passport.  Considering many have child support payments in excess of $1000 a month it doesn't take too long to get into big trouble with any professional license, lose your passport, or your ability to drive.  In Colorado and California they used to "Boot" your car to show you your deadbeat status. 

Maja Rater has been on a crusade against her ex-husband for 20 years complaining he refuses to work or pay her.  She's sent him to jail for criminal non support and apparently has not been able to see his children.  He apparently could not keep up with his child support and after failing to get a promotion as a part time math professor at Grandview College decided to quit the effort.  Maja has tirelessly campaigned for the strictest of laws and every legislator knows her, from her incessant letters and activism, as the face of victimized mothers.  Nobody cares to ask the rest of the story as to Parental Alienation and why a father with a graduate degree would literally abdicated everything and go "underground."  My read on this situation is he could not keep up and once the sanctions took hold he quickly discovered she would bleed him dry beyond his ability to earn.  His bill is probably around $200,000 without adjustments and it is obvious he was Maja's main source of income.  I suspect the state's welfare systems have helped her considerably.

 

Booting cars, pulling driver licenses, debtor's prisons, and milk carton dead beat dad photo line ups are not the answer to the problem of non support.  The answer is allowing both parents (the dad) to be part of their children's life and setting reasonable child support to facilitate everyone moving on with their lives.  True joint custody is the best plan and in the absence of it child support not reaching almost a quarter million dollars might be reasonable.  Too many mothers rely on child support as income or to pay for their lifestyle choices. 

 

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CHAPTER 252J

CHILD SUPPORT - LICENSING SANCTIONS
 
252J.2 Purpose and use.
1. Notwithstanding other statutory provisions to the contrary, and if an individual has not been cited for contempt and enjoined from engaging in the activity governed by a license pursuant to section 598.23A , the unit may utilize the process established in this chapter to collect support.
2. For cases in which services are provided by the unit all of the following apply:
a. An obligor is subject to the provisions of this chapter if the obligor's support obligation is being enforced by the unit, if the support payments required by a support order to be paid to the clerk of the district court or the collection services center pursuant to section 598.22 are not paid and become delinquent in an amount equal to the support payment for three months, and if the obligor's situation meets other criteria specified under rules adopted by the department pursuant to chapter 17A . The criteria specified by rule shall include consideration of the length of time since the obligor's last support payment and the total amount of support owed by the obligor.
b. An individual is subject to the provisions of this chapter if the individual has failed, after receiving appropriate notice, to comply with a subpoena or warrant.
3. Actions initiated by the unit under this chapter shall not be subject to contested case proceedings or further review pursuant to chapter 17A and any resulting court hearing shall be an original hearing before the district court.
4. Notwithstanding chapter 22 , all of the following apply:
a. Information obtained by the unit under this chapter shall be used solely for the purposes of this chapter or chapter 252B .
b. Information obtained by a licensing authority shall be used solely for the purposes of this chapter.
95 Acts, ch 115, §2; 97 Acts, ch 175, §114
 

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A police officer asked my drivers ed class many years ago, If you loose your lisence CAN you still drive? Of course you CAN still drive just don't get caught. This also means that your insurance is invalid, oh well saves you a few hundred bucks every six months. If they take your profesional license away, just means you can now work under the table, no need to pay taxes and Social Secerity anymore.

See where I'm going? The system is going to shoot itself in the foot with this one.


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Welcome Iraq Veteran!

I am sorry to hear you have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and I with some good follow up care there is a great chance your life will return to semi normal.  Just hang in there my friend and take each day as they come. 

 

It is terrible a person is good enough to endure what you've endured and then get nailed by the state's child support recovery slash and burn policies.  I take it you did not go on welfare when you returned and only discovered your disability a little too late.  The reason I mentioned that is because both of my demob briefs (Afghanistan & Iraq) mentioned anyone not returning to full-time civilian employment was eligible for full welfare benefits.  I did not see many takers during my brief (none were men) as almost everyone wanted to work upon returning. 

 

Such an argument further supports PTSD as you already had the benefits available and only later found out about PTSD.  I realize the issues are separate and disability is different than jobless benefits but it does vouch well for your character in my estimation.

 

I am still upset they took your driver license at all.  Those people have never seen death like you have and have no idea the very freedoms they enjoy come from our brave military members.  They can't connect the dots to what we've done overseas and their sheltered lives. 

 

Well, it is about time to get back to work (I am still in Iraq as a contractor now) so I hope you continue to be involved and again, welcome to our world.

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Good way to help the recuters isn't it. You were in Iraq so we are taking your kids, your license to drive and hunt, by the way thanks for serving. No wonder no one is rushing to join up.

 

Hang in we are working on changes and welcom to the group.


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