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Re:  Reinstatement of Rule 24, South Carolina Rules of Family Court for Title IV-D Cases


Effective July 19, 2012, this Court issued an order temporarily suspending enforcement of Title IV-D child support payments paid through the clerk of court.  The temporary suspension was in response to policy directives issued June 18, 2012, by the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement.  As a result, the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) Office of Child Support Enforcement temporarily ceased requesting the issuance of Rules to Show Cause or bench warrants and did not participate in scheduled DSS IV-D Rules to Show Cause or bench warrants.   After consultation between DSS and the Judicial Department, County Clerks of Court and Family Court Judges were notified August 8, 2012, that the DSS Child Support Enforcement Division would resume appearances at IV-D judicial enforcement actions scheduled pursuant to Rule 24, South Carolina Family Court.  While written notice was provided, a subsequent order was not issued resuming enforcement. 

Accordingly, pursuant to the provisions of S.C. Const. Art. V, Section 4, the Administrative Order dated July 19, 2012 is rescinded retroactively to August 8, 2012, the date of written notice lifting the temporary suspension.


  s/Jean Hoefer Toal
Jean Hoefer Toal, Chief Justice

Columbia, South Carolina
September 10, 2013