Lexington Sheriff Sends Deadbeat Parents A Letter

8:11 AM, Apr 5, 2012   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Unpaid child support will get you an arrest warrant, and in Lexington County the Sheriff's department has a one-time offer for people in that position.

Dubbed "Operation Last Chance," 295 parents who are behind on their child-support payments got a letter in the mail from the Lexington County Court Clerk's office, inviting them to come to court on April 30th, where the bench warrant will be resolved and a repayment plan will be worked out.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said the 295 persons who are wanted on family court bench warrants will be able to come to court to resolve the bench warrants between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Monday, April 30 at the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center, 205 East Main Street, Lexington. 

Additional family court judges will be on the bench in order to expedite resolving bench warrants and establishing payment plans for unpaid, court-ordered child support payments.

Persons who are wanted on family court bench warrants that were issued after they failed to make court-ordered child support payments must appear in court in person.

They are asked to bring with them a government-issued photo identification card, proof of employment or proof that they are disabled and cannot work and proof of their current address.

Persons who do not take advantage of Operation Last Chance to resolve family court bench warrants that have been issued for their arrests will be subject to immediate arrest by fugitive investigators with the Sheriff's Department Warrant Division, Metts and Carrigg said. 

"Sheriff Metts and I are more dedicated than ever in today's tough economic times to obtain financial support for children and parents who have custody of children," Lexington County Clerk of Court Beth Carrigg said. "Dead-beat parents will not be tolerated in Lexington County, and we will use every legal means available to provide children and parents who have custody of children with the financial support that they deserve and need."

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