Marion County Prosecutor’s Office again offers license reinstatement in child support initiative

Noncustodial parents who have had their driver’s license suspended due to delinquent child support obligations will once again have an opportunity to have their license reinstated by the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office through a child support initiative.

During the month of August, noncustodial parents through the Good Faith Initiative will be allowed to have their driver’s licenses reinstated in exchange for making an affordable payment toward their child support obligation based on their ability to pay, Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears announced Thursday.

Participants in the initiative will commit to staying on track with future child support payments.

“Due to the current public health crisis and its economic implications many people in our community are facing significant financial burdens,” Mears said in a statement. “We feel it is important to help those who are willing to make a good faith effort to pay their child support. By reinstating driver’s licenses, we have the unique opportunity to increase a parent’s ability to gain long-term employment and continue meeting their financial obligation to their children.”

During the first three weeks of its initial launch in December 2019, the Good Faith Initiative allowed the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office to reinstate 105 driver’s licenses for noncustodial parents.

To participate in the program, parents can visit www.indy.gov/goodfaith to set up an agreement to make an affordable child support payment. They must also update their employment information, if applicable, and commit to paying the agreed amount toward their child support obligation.

Participants must then notify the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office once the payment has been made. After completing the terms, the parent’s license will be reinstated. Noncustodial parents must continue to meet their obligation to pay based on the newly ordered amount.

Information regarding a parent’s financial obligations for the initiative can be sought by calling the Good Faith Hotline at (317) 327-2700 or emailing [email protected].  However, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office is not currently accepting any in-person child support appointments due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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