Audio – Senator Keith Ingram Reporting News From 91st General Assembly
August 16th, 2018 • News

August 16, 2018

  • The state of Arkansas has suspended the drivers’ licenses of almost 10,000 people in our state, for consistently failing to pay child support.
  • All too often, the consequences of failure to pay child support fall upon the state. Government ends up providing the necessary financial support, in the form of welfare, food stamps and other social programs.
  • The state Office of Child Support Enforcement is currently handling about 93,000 cases per year. For the most part, they are routine. Following a divorce decree, the non-custodial parent makes arrangements to have child support deducted from his paycheck. It is automatically sent to the custodial parent.
  • In some cases, though, the non-custodial parents refuses to follow through on the child support payments agreed to during the divorce.
  • In extreme cases, state officials can suspend their drivers’ licenses, and in order to get their driving privileges restored, they have to commit to a payment schedule. In those instances, the state is not judging the separated parents. Nor is the state making any determinations as to which party is in the wrong. It is simply enforcing a court order that has already been agreed to by both parties in the divorce proceedings.
  • The children are the one who really benefit. When their parents provide financial support, they are much less likely to need welfare and government assistance. They are much more likely to succeed in life.
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