BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County Clerk of Court Mary Brown announced that there will be a Child Support Amnesty Day in Berkeley County on August 5.
The official Berkeley County Government Facebook page says from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM that day, 150 people with active bench warrants for child support payments will be allowed to go to the court and get their cases back on regular payment schedules without arrest.
According to the Facebook page, letters to the first 150 people eligible to participate in the program have already been mailed out.
The letter says that if the individual goes to the court before 2:00 PM on August 5th and registers to participate in the program, their existing child support bench warrant will be discharged.
They say this event will be the first of its kind in Berkeley County. The event is being held in collaboration with the South Carolina Department of Social Services' Child Support Division. They say representatives from the Father to Father Project, Inc. will be there as well.
Berkeley County says an agreement to set up a regular payment schedule will be reached that day, or a hearing will be scheduled for another day.
If the person does not show up to court on August 5, they say the warrant for arrest will remain active. The letter also says clearly that if the individual shows up on August 5, he or she will not be arrested.
"The goals of this program are to clear outstanding bench warrants and get each individual's case back on track," said Clerk Brown.
"There are many payers with medical issues, job loss or other legitimate reasons for falling behind. This program will help the payers get on track and help the would-be recipients receive owed and needed money. August 5th will be the first of what we hope to be 3 or 4 child support amnesty programs per year."
The Facebook post says anyone with questions about the program should call the Berkeley County Clerk of Court Office at 843-723-3800.