When people fall behind on child support payments, they often wind up under scrutiny from the state agency that is supposed to manage those payments and make sure that these payments are made on time. These situations can become extremely problematic for parents who do not remain current on these obligations, and eventually people can be jailed in many states for failing to make arrangements that are designed to bring those payments current.
However, a recent situation in South Carolina has led to an order for change in how that state agency goes about attempting to collect past-due child support payments. A man was served with documentation that threatened him with contempt charges if he did not bring his payments current. He had an emotional breakdown and needed to go to the hospital. As it turns out, this document was only notice of an administrative negotiation conference and not a court hearing. A legal claim was filed and the agency must now make changes to their documents so that they are clear about the process that’s unfolding.
The South Carolina Department of Social Services’ Child Support Enforcement Division was also ordered to pay $10,000 in legal fees to the Legal Aid office that represented the man who was involved in this controversy. The agency has agreed with the ruling and it will make the payments and the changes to those documents going forward.
San Diego Child Support Lawyers
Anyone who has been involved with problems associated with paying child support understands that this is a serious situation. However, even those who find themselves in this position have legal rights. The best way to deal with these issues is to handle them proactively and as early as possible before legal ramifications become more severe.
If you are a parent who is facing an issue regarding these payments, you need to seek the help of San Diego child support lawyers who have been helping fathers through these situations for many years. Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.