Reaching a divorce settlement in Louisiana when young children are involved can be a complicated undertaking. It can be facilitated with the assistance of a professional well-versed in family law. The settlement may include a child support order. While agreements may be readily reached in negotiations, failure to pay child support is an all too common occurrence and can result in the suspension of one’s driver’s license, among other penalties.
A new program in the state was created in an attempt to recover overdue payments. The program, called “On the Road Again” gives a person who has fallen behind in support payments a means to get his or her license reinstated. In order to get the suspension lifted, certain conditions regarding overdue support payments must be met.
The conditions of the program include paying two months of support and paying $100 toward past due amounts. The program has netted $121,693 in past due payments. That has resulted in payments for the benefit of 174 children and restored the driver’s licenses for 140 people who owed support. Prior to the program, there was a long list of conditions that needed to be met to lift the suspension on a license. This program aims to reduce the burden and reduce the amount of child support in arrears.
Parents want what is best for their children in Louisiana. A parent’s financial situation can change, which can result in one falling behind in support payments. Programs exist that can help in the resolution of financial obligations. A family law professional can provide guidance and assistance on what programs are available.