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Philadelphia Parents Owing Child Support Offered Arrest Pardon

By Sheryl Rentz on November 18, 2009

Philadelphia family court is offering amnesty to the thousands of parents who have bench warrants for outstanding child support payments, according to a report. The court’s administrative judge announced that beginning November 12 and ending on November 18 at 4pm, parents with outstanding bench warrants are free to come in without worrying about being arrested. Parents should note that they will still have to pay their child support debt.

Based on the article, the judge stated, “We will in fact withdraw your bench warrant and we will register you for a court hearing so that you can come back into the courthouse and meet your obligations.” This is definitely a break that parents owing child support may want to consider, especially since the court is working with Philadelphia fatherhood organizations to help fathers without jobs acquire employment training and find jobs. The opportunity to obtain long-term employment and benefits is a step in the right direction to ensure that parents receive the financial support they need to take care of their children.

Approximately 5,100 individuals have bench warrants against them, and they roughly owe a combined $48 million in child support. After November 18, bench warrants will be enforced once again for parents who are behind on their child support. Parents who would like more information can contact Philadelphia Family Court at 215-686-9300 or through email at

Falling behind on child support payments has become a bigger problem in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation ever since the economy took a down-turn. Nevertheless, trying to doge paying child support or turning to procrastination instead of finding a solution are not productive courses of action. At the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, our Philadelphia child support lawyers have assisted many parents in receiving child support from the other parent so that children can be properly cared for and given the financial support they need. For a free consultation of your child support or family law case, please call Sheryl R. Rentz today at 610-645-0100.


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