Failing to pay court-ordered child support is frowned upon mightily anywhere in the US. In Chicago, deadbeat parents can be sanctioned in a number of ways, including the suspension of driving privileges. As it is clearly stated, driving is a privilege that must be earned and maintained by demonstrating a sense of safety and financial responsibility. Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® warns that failure to pay child support is an excellent example of being irresponsible about money and fulfilling obligations. In response, Illinois has the Family Financial Responsibility Act.
Known informally as the Deadbeats Don’t Drive Act (DDDA), the statute authorizes the court as well as the office of the Secretary of State (SoS) to impose sanctions on non-custodial parents who have not made court-ordered child support payments for 90 days or more. One of the more common sanctions is driver’s license suspension or revocation.
Under the DDDA, one of two things may happen that will signal the need for renewing ties with public transport for deadbeat parents. One, the circuit court will inform the SoS office that the non-custodial parent is in contempt of court (for being 90 days or more behind in child support) via the Record of Non-payment of Court Ordered Child Support Family Responsibility Law.
The SoS will then inform the parent who lives in Chicago that the license will be suspended in 60 days unless the parent complies with the court’s orders which typically includes Chicago SR-22 coverage, and will remain so until the court informs the SoS that compliance has been met. In case of hardship i.e. parent needs to drive to get to work in order to pay child support the SoS may provide the parent with a limited driving permit to be used only for work and for medical purposes.
Two, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHFS) may also step in to request the SoS to suspend the deadbeat parent’s driving privileges. The DHFS is closely involved in ensuring that child support payments are made. The same compliance deadline is given to the parent as that with a court request.