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County offers amnesty for those behind on child support

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If you're behind on your child support payments, you're in luck. Genesee County is offering an amnesty program to any of the nearly 7 thousand parents with outstanding warrants for child support.

It's a way to get your payments on track and stay out of jail.

"No stipulations, we are offering amnesty to any one of our close to 7,000 individuals in the community who have active bench warrants for failure to pay child support," says John Battles, Genesee County Friend of the Court.

Show up and you will not be arrested. But you will get a second chance.

The Friend of the Court is also going to assist those who have large arrearages that simply can't pay. The state has provided a number of programs to help people re-engage with the friend of the court and take care of their obligations.

One of those programs is called "Carot" and it may just be the enticement needed to wipe the slate clean.

"If they come in and just to sign up for the program we will waive 20% of your state owned arrears upon signing up and at the end of the 24 months, if you are successful, any child support arrearages owed to the state of Michigan will be waived," continued Battles.

Those 7-thousand people owe nearly 500-million dollars in back child support.

And that's just in Genesee County. So, if you're interested, here's what you need to know.

The amnesty program runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon at the Second Chance Church.

That's on Burr Boulevard in Flint.

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