The Madera County Department of Child Support Services is reaching out to parents who have been issued bench warrants for their arrest for falling behind on child support payments, to receive help, with no risk of any legal action.
People can receive help 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Jan. 4 at Madera Superior Court, Department 37, 200 South G Street in Madera.
No appointment is needed and parents are encouraged to meet Department of Child Support staff members who may be able to resolve legal issues, and in some cases, have a pending bench warrant cleared the same day.
“We want people to know we want to do all we can to help them meet their financial obligations and get on tract with a payment plan,” Sara Honeycutt, Director of the county’s Department of Child Support Services said. “Studies show that children who receive child support have a much higher chance of graduating high school.”
There are currently about 150 active bench warrants in the county for people who are significantly behind on child support payments ranging from $1,000 to $25,000. Only eight of the warrants are for residents of the Mountain Area.
Details:DCSS, (559) 718-3008, www.childsup.ca.gov.