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Molly Magarik, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498
Date: September 26, 2022
NEW CASTLE (Sept. 26, 2022) - A small listening session held by the Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) led to more than 1,000 non-custodial parents being notified that that the suspension of their Delaware licenses has been lifted. The Division learned from a group of parents that although they were now in compliance with their child support obligation, they had never sought the return of their licenses.
DCSS Division Director Theodore Mermigos said through the extraordinary efforts by his staff to review 1,352 active child support cases dating back to 2013, DCSS was able to reinstate 86% of the licenses (1,167) to the paying non-custodial parent. Parents whose licenses were reinstated will need to pay any fees associated with having their licenses reinstated at the licensing agency. Letters are being sent by DCSS to the paying parents to notify them that the suspension of their licenses has been lifted for making consistent child support payments.
DCSS can suspend driver's, recreational, business, and professional licenses issued by partnering state agencies for parents who owe at least $3,500 in past due child support and have not made a payment, as ordered by Family Court, in the past 60 days. Additionally, license suspensions can occur for parents who have an outstanding Capias or bench warrant issued by Family Court for failure to appear at any paternity or child support proceeding.
"The Division of Child Support Services' License Suspension Program is one of the most active enforcement tools at DCSS," Director Mermigos said. "We recently met with a small group of parents whose licenses were suspended years ago and they are now in compliance with their child support obligation, but they had not contacted DCSS to seek return of their licenses. We at DCSS are happy to be able to return the licenses to these parents."
DCSS is unable to return a suspended license if an outstanding Capias or bench warrant is issued by Family Court. Parents with an outstanding Capias or bench warrant are encouraged to contact the Family Court to resolve the matter and have the outstanding Capias or bench warrant canceled.
Paying parents are encouraged to contact DCSS if they believe they have made payments for six months or more and their license has been suspended.
Any parent seeking assistance with paying their child support can contacting the Division of Child Support Services at 302-577-7171. To learn more, visit DCSS's website.
Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.