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Marion County Prosecutor’s Office Relaunches December Child Support Initiative - Family Law News

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Posted on: Dec 28, 2020

Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears announced today that the Good Faith Initiative will resume Dec. 1 through Dec. 31. The Good Faith Initiative allows noncustodial parents, who have had their driver’s license suspended by the state due to delinquent child support obligations, an opportunity to have their license reinstated. Since its inception in Dec. 2019, the Good Faith Initiative has served hundreds of community members.

Noncustodial parents can participate in the program by making an initial payment towards their child support obligation and by entering into an agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office to continue meeting their newly ordered amount. Upon payment, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will reinstate the parent’s driver’s license.

“Having a driver’s license is critical when it comes to employment opportunities and job readiness, as well as everyday tasks such as going to the grocery store and being involved in a child’s life,” Prosecutor Mears stated. “The Good Faith Initiative affords parents that opportunity, creating a fresh start going into the new year and establishing plan to continue to contribute towards their financial obligation to their children.”

Under Prosecutor Mears, the office has established the Good Faith Initiative, Second Chance Workshop and other traffic court programs intended to address the large number of suspended driver’s license in Marion County.

“Undertaking the issues of suspended driver’s license has not been a small feat,” said Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears. “When we started this imperative work, there were over 100,000 suspended driver’s licenses in Marion County, with a significant number of people who had been penalized for their inability to afford payment and excessive fees. Since the introduction of our initiatives that number is down to approximately 80,000. We still have work to do.”

Despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, the virtual Second Chace Workshops will have served over 1,000 community members in 2020.

How to participate
A parent can visit www.indy.gov/goodfaith to set up an agreement. For information regarding a parent’s financial obligations for this initiative, participants can call the Good Faith Hotline at (317) 327-2700 or email CSGoodFaith@indy.gov.

Please note that the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office is not currently accepting any in-person child support appointments due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This article was submitted by Michael McGuire, Marion County Prosecutor's Office. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Family Law Section, please email Kara Sikorski at ksikorski@indybar.org.

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