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Amnesty for those who owe back child support

Those who have outstanding warrants and have had their driver's licenses suspended may be offered amnesty soon. Residents of Maryland and other states have been offered similar programs for those who owe back child support. By working together with the Office of Child Support Enforcement, parents who agree to terms and resume payments can have holds on their license released.

Studies show that parents without a driver's license have issues pursuing or maintaining employment. They are also limited to the amount of time with their children because of the lack of transportation. The program, referred to as the "Back in the Driver's Seat" event, is held several times a month and benefits both children and parents by allowing them to get back on track with payments.

Child support officials say they will work with all parents regardless of the amount owed, and they stress that each case is unique. Payment arrangements will be determined on a case-by-case basis, and there is no certain amount required to be considered for the program. Officials stress that there is no specific goal in mind, but they hope the result is ongoing payments.

All children are entitled to receive support from their noncustodial parent so that they may grow and thrive. Parents who have concerns about collecting back child support or are behind on payments may benefit from contacting an attorney. A lawyer who is experienced in Maryland child support laws can determine what steps to take that will assist in collecting back support for his or her client.

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