Durham County parents offered child support amnesty

May 30, 2013 3:04:44 PM PDT
Authorities called on parents who owe child support to stop running and pay up during a special "amnesty day" Thursday.

Social services invited nearly 200 people who are wanted for not paying child support to the Durham County Court house. If they paid $250, their arrest warrant for failure to pay child support would be cancelled.

Dad, moms, and even grandparents were able to pay and have the threat of jail time wiped away.

ABC11 asked officials if it is fair to offer this second chance to non-custodial parents who didn't fulfill their financial responsibilities and evade the law.

"It doesn't benefit anybody if they're in jail," said Mary Flounoy with Durham Child Support Enforcement. "So, we want to do all we can to make sure people have a job and they're paying their child support."

Social services will take the $250 and hand it over to the parent who is owed money.

At last report, about 21 people took advantage of the amnesty program.

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