ore than 80 arrest warrants for unpaid child support could be wiped from the books in one northern
County has launched an amnesty program to help get child support offenders back on track with their payments.
here are some people that owe a few hundred that they haven't paid and there are some that owe several thousand dollars
," Kevin Weller, Cheboygan County Friend of the Court said.
Friend of the Court for the County is offering an amnesty program.
ffenders can come to their office and make a payment of
one percent of what they owe or $250. In return the warrant will be lifted and they stay out of jail.
y bringing them in and having the face
we find that it leads to more positive things for them and also the families
," Weller said.
uring the meeting
this office will also set up a plan for future payments.
t really is about money for the children and not about arresting parents and encourage them to find employment
whatever employment they can and make whatever payments they can, and not hide in the shadows
," Stephen Lindsay, Cheboygan Attorney said.
ounty leaders hope this step will put money back into the kids hands and lift the burden on the legal system.
reeing up thousands of dollars in legal fees usually used to try offenders.
e have actually been successful with
a few individuals who enter into a payment agreement and get rid of their bench warrant and try to get them back on track," Weller said.
nd if this program is successful, many bel
ve it could be adopted by other counties up north.
think if we have a positive experience here in
Cheboygan County they would be very inclined to try the program themselves," Lindsay said.
he program lasts until