In general, if a Georgia child support payor is found to be in contempt of the Court Order requiring him/her to pay child support, the court “shall have the power to subject the [him/her] to such terms and conditions as the court may deem proper to assure compliance with its orders and, in particular, shall have the power to punish the respondent who violates any order of the court.” OCGA §19-6-28(a).
One penalty option for child support contempt is license revocation. OCGA §19-6-28.1. According to Georgia law, if the Respondent/child support payor “has accumulated support arrears equivalent to or greater than the current support due for 60 days,” the following licenses may be suspended: license to conduct a trade, business, profession, or occupation; license to hunt or fish; license to drive a motor vehicle; and motor vehicle registration. OCGA §19-6-28.1(b). Specifically, the court can “order the appropriate licensing or registering entity to suspend the license or registration” or, if the person is applying for renewal/issuance of such license, the court can order that the application be denied. Id.
In order for the Respondent to prove that compliance with the child support order and to have the license revocation order lifted, he/she must submit to the licensing or registering entity “written proof of payment by cash or certified check, notice issued by the court, or notice from a child support receiver.” OCGA §19-6-28.1(c). Absent this proof, the party will not be able to get his/her license back.