Kansas offers amnesty for child support warrants

WICHITA, Kan. - The state of Kansas will offer one day of amnesty for people who have bench warrants for not paying child support.

The Department of Children and Families says the warrants can be lifted on Friday, August 31. People must pay either $500 or two months of support, whichever is the lesser amount.

The agency says more than 1,100 Kansans have warrants for failing to pay child support.

Agency spokeswoman Taylor Forrest says more than 100 non-custodial parents went to DCF offices last year on amnesty day to discuss their cases but some of them didn't have active bench warrants.

Forrest says the annual amnesty day is designed to help people avoid prosecution for failing to pay child support while also allowing their children to receive the support they deserve.

In Wichita, payments can be made from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Atwater building, at 2755 E. 19th Street North. Parents can also get help if they're having trouble finding a job, and learn about other programs and incentives that can help them out. 

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