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Sponsors: Reps. Henderson and W. Newton
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Introduced in the House on March 1, 2017
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary
Summary: Child support payments
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3/1/2017 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 5) 3/1/2017 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 5)
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO AMEND SECTION 43-5-220, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS OWED BY CERTAIN PARENTS, SO AS TO MAKE USE OF THE CHILD SUPPORT SCALE ESTABLISHED BY THE DEPARTMENT MANDATORY IN ESTABLISHING THE AMOUNT OWED BY THE ABSENT PARENT.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 43-5-220(b) and (d) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"(b) The department shall establish a scale of
suggested minimum contributions mandatory child support guidelines to assist courts in determining the amount that an absent parent should be expected to is required to pay toward the support of a dependent child. The scale shall must include consideration of gross income, shall must authorize expense deductions including deductions for taxes for determining net income, shall must designate other available resources to be considered and shall must specify the circumstances which should to be considered in reducing liability on the basis of hardship. Copies of this scale shall must be made available to courts, county attorneys, circuit solicitors, and to the public. It is intended that The scale formulated pursuant to this section be optional, and that no court or support official be required to use it is mandatory for usage by all courts pursuant to the provisions of Sections 43-5-580 and 68-17-470.
(d) When the department has obtained sufficient information concerning the absent parent, it shall immediately determine his ability to support his children and shall obtain a court order specifying an appropriate amount of support in accordance with the
scale of suggested minimum contributions child support guidelines as provided in subsection (b). If the absent parent is residing out of the county, but within the State, and his whereabouts are known, the department shall obtain the court order in the court of competent jurisdiction as set forth in Section 14-21-830. Court orders of support shall must in all cases specify that the payment of support shall must be made directly to the department as reimbursement for assistance and not to the spouse of the absent parent. The support rights assigned to the State shall constitute an obligation owed to the State by the individual responsible for providing such support. Such obligation shall must be deemed for collection purposes to be collectible under all applicable state and local processes. The amount of such obligations shall must be:
(1) The amount specified in a court order which covers the assigned support rights;
(2) If there is no court order, an amount determined by the State in accordance with
a formula approved the child support guidelines by in subsection (b);
(3) Any amounts collected from an absent parent under the plan
shall must reduce, dollar for dollar, the amount of his obligation. A debt which is a child support obligation assigned to the department under this section is not released by a discharge in bankruptcy under the Bankruptcy Act."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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