Miyares announces change to handling child support cases
RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Absentee parents may find it harder to get away without paying child support in Virginia.
Attorney General Jason Miyares says judges and legislators expressed concerns about hundreds of blanket dismissals for failure to pay child support cases since October.
According to a release, these kinds of actions are filed against parents who are not making court-ordered payments.
Miyares says the Division of Child Support Enforcement was requesting the dismissal of the cases even when the pattern of nonpayment was “egregious.”
“Having investigated the matter, I have instructed our attorneys that we will no longer request the dismissal of petitions against parents who are not paying child support, absent special circumstances,” he said. “Children should never have to go without because the government is giving their parent a pass from responsibility. Parents subject to court orders will not be permitted to hide from their financial obligations to Virginia’s families.”
In any case, the judge will have the final say regarding individual child support cases and special circumstances that may lead to the dismissal of the case.
Last year, attorneys for the Division of Child Support Enforcement appeared in about 77,000 child support hearings.
The release says they enforced existing orders in juvenile courts, mainly through show causes for failure to pay child support, and were able to collect nearly $9.5 million in lump-sum payments.