Mother says SC child support system hurts 1,000s of families

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A single mother in Spartanburg County says South Carolina’s decades of delays in implementing a centralized computer system to track deadbeat parents are shameful and have hurt thousands of families.

Gina Arnold testified Wednesday at a Senate committee reviewing the South Carolina Department of Social Services, putting a public face on problems on the system that is nearly 20 years overdue, causing more than $120 million in fines.

Arnold says the system allows her ex-husband to be constantly late on payments and requires her to contact courts when he doesn’t pay.

The new system will allow counties to communicate to each other and make sure those who don’t pay are punished with withholding money from paychecks or other penalties.

DSS says the new system should be working by October 2019.

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