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Imputing income to child support obligor in Minnesota

Suspending Occupational License for Child Support
suspending occupational license for support, lawyers

Minnesota statutes allow the state to suspend a person's occupational license if they fall behind on their child support payments more than three (3) months. An occupational license refers to a work license such as a realtor's license, attorney's license of other state sanctioned professions. The person who is suspended must receive a notice of the suspension and is entitled to a court hearing on the issue if they contest that suspension. 

To prevent a suspension, a child support obligor must enter into a payment arrangement with the child support enforcement office or an agreement that is accepted by the court. Often the retention of a lawyer can facilitate a payment arrangement that is acceptable to the court.  If the driver fails to provide a compelling reason for reinstatement, they may not reapply for reinstatement for a 12 month period.

The statute codifying this law is Minnesota Statutes Section 518A.66 which is provided in pertinent part below:

518A.66 OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE SUSPENSION.
 

Upon motion of an obligee, if the court finds that the obligor is or may be licensed by a licensing board listed in section 214.01 or other state, county, or municipal agency or board that issues an occupational license and the obligor is in arrears in court-ordered child support or maintenance payments or both in an amount equal to or greater than three times the obligor's total
monthly support and maintenance payments and is not in compliance with a written payment agreement pursuant to section 518A.69 that is approved by the court, a child support magistrate,or the public authority, the court shall direct the licensing board or other licensing agency to suspend the license. The court's order must be stayed for 90 days in order
to allow the obligor to execute a written payment agreement .

The payment agreement must be approved by either the court or the public authority responsible for child support enforcement.  If the obligor is a licensed attorney, the court shall report the matter to the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board for appropriate action in accordance with the Rules  of Professional Conduct.

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