Bench Warrant Reconciliation Day registration set for this week

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County Family Court is giving parents a chance to catch up on their child support payments—and avoid jail time.

Charleston County Family Court and Department of Social Services are teaming up for "Bench Warrant Reconciliation Day" on September 30. Officials want to give those who have bench warrants for missing child support a chance to avoid jail time through a payment plan.

Officials say there are more than fifteen thousand active child support cases in Charleston County, and about 2,700 of those have active bench warrants.

South Carolina Senator Marlon Kimpson has been advocating for the program.

"In the aftermath of the shooting of Walter Scott, Jr., I was asked by Congressman Clyburn to look into the child support laws in this state," Kimpson said in a statement.  "I convened meetings with the Family Court, DSS, child advocacy groups and other stake holders and we felt that this program was worthwhile to make available to parents who in good faith wanted to reconcile their obligations without fear of being arrested.  I am continuing to look into the child support laws to ensure that they achieve the purposes intended."

To take advantage of this program, participants need to sign up at S.C. Department of Social Services (DSS) office, located at 3346 Rivers Ave on Thursday or Friday for a family court appointment on Sept. 30.

The public can call DSS at 843-953-9700 for more information.

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