Nearly 300 residents of Lexington County are being given a “last chance” to pay up on late child support payments or face immediate arrest, Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said in a press release.
Metts and Lexington County Clerk of Court Beth Carrig mailed letters to 295 people who failed to show up in family court to resolve payment issues. They were told the family court wants to make it easy for them to meet their child support obligations.
Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Monday April 30th, family court judges will be available at the Lexington County Judicial Center on East Main Street to “expedite resolving bench warrants” and work out payment plans.
“Dead-beat parents will not be tolerated in Lexington County, and we will use every legal means available to provide children and parents who have custody of children with the financial support that they deserve and need,” Carrig said.
In 2011, Lexington County arrested 127 “habitual offenders” owing a combined $1.9 million in court-ordered child support.