Child-support amnesty offered, starting tomorrow

August 01, 2004

Parents who have fallen behind on child support and would like to work out payments without fear of arrest can take advantage of a two-week amnesty program, starting tomorrow, offered by the Anne Arundel County Office of Child Support Enforcement.

The amnesty is open to people who have an outstanding warrant connected to a failure to pay support, are about to have a driver's license suspended for nonsupport or have fallen behind in payments, said Pat Feeney, director of the child-support office. She said parents who owe child support and come in will not be arrested for failing to pay support.

"It's more of a cooperative spirit than a coercive one," Feeney said.

During the two weeks, the sheriff's office will not serve warrants connected with child support, but will resume service at the end of the amnesty.

People who want to get on track with their payments should bring a lump sum payment to show good faith, as well as employment paperwork, she said.

The agency held amnesty weeks in 1998, 1999 and 2000. This is the first year the program has been extended to include parents with driver's license-suspension issues.

The office will have extended hours through Aug. 14:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to noon.

The office is on the second floor of the Arundel Center, 44 Calvert St., Annapolis.

Information: 800-332-6347.

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