New Mexico offers amnesty for unpaid child support

Updated: 08/06/2014 12:57 PM | Created: 08/06/2014 12:49 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez's administration is offering temporary amnesty for parents facing possible arrest for unpaid child support but an enforcement crackdown will start at the end of the month targeting those who don't take advantage of the program.

The governor announced Wednesday that individuals can visit a state Child Support Enforcement Division office without fear of arrest and pay a bond to cancel outstanding bench warrants for not paying child support.

Efforts will be made to negotiate a payment plan for those who can't afford the full bond amount.

The amnesty runs through Aug. 29, but police will start a sweep for people with arrest warrants during the final week of the month.

A list of parents with outstanding bench warrants is posted on a state web site.

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During a child support warrant roundup in 2013, police arrested 41 people.

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