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Senate Eases Penalty For Not Paying Support
Written by Your 5News Team
Created on April 02, 2013 @ 1:56PM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Parents can't pay child support if they're in jail.
 
That's the rationale behind a bill unanimously passed by the West Virginia Senate on Tuesday. The bill would ease the punishments for knowingly failing to pay child support.
 
Repeated failure to pay child support is punishable by a felony and a minimum of one year in jail.
 
The bill passed by the Senate would change the crime to a misdemeanor and change the punishment to home confinement. The bill mandates that anyone sentenced to home confinement must find a job or register with Workforce West Virginia for job training.
 
The bill institutes graduated sentencing so that a second offense would mean a maximum of one year in jail and a third offense a minimum of one year in jail.

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Apr 04, 2013 at 12:14 AM
Well SOMETHING must be done to them if they continue to refuse to support the children they brought into this world. I find that over the years WV has not done enough to 'force' men OR women that must pay child support to do so.
Apr 03, 2013 at 4:18 PM
But the parents wouldn't be IN jail if they had actually PAID the child support to begin with. Did the WV Senate even think of that fact?
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