Child Support and Driver's License Suspension in Alabama

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Many parents don’t realize that in the state of Alabama and elsewhere a lapse in child support payments could cause them to lose their driving privileges. Each state has a different system for monitoring this issue. Recently, Illinois’ Secretary of State’s office has taken large steps toward reprimanding parents three or more months behind on their court ordered child support payments. There are two systems for monitoring this currently in use in Illinois: court ordered suspension and Department of Healthcare and Family Services ordered suspension. Each case suspends the license of parents found 90 days behind on child support payments. The Secretary of State’s office will notify the driver in question and implement a license suspension effective within 60 days. This suspension can also occur if said parent has engaged in an abuse of visitation privileges.

License suspension can be avoided if parents meet their child support obligations. Delinquent drivers can have their licenses reinstated by making satisfactory payments with the state’s DHFS. If a license has been suspended or revoked and the driver has a question regarding the reason for the suspension, said driver can fill out the Driving Record Abstract Request Form. 

Each state has similar but varying laws concerning this issue. If you or a friend has any legal questions, please contact the Reid Law Firm today. We would be more than happy to review your case and there is never a fee for an initial consultation. We are an experienced law firm who will work hard to get the job done. If you'd like to schedule a time to talk, please contact the Reid Law Firm today at 205-913-7406! You can also text us at (205) 913-7406 for a quick answer to any legal question. Chris Reid can be reached by email at All communication to the Reid Law Firm is protected by attorney client privilege, so any information submitted will be held in confidence. Initial consultations are always free. For a complete list of our practice areas please visit 

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Our firm practices the following areas of law: wills, trust, and estates, divorce and family, DUI and drug offenses (only first and second time offenses), and car accident cases. We also handle business law, including formation of business entities and drafting contracts. Additionally, I co-host Yellowhammer News every Monday during lunch from 11-12 on 101.1 fm Birmingham (but our show is broadcast throughout most of the state).