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Are There Sentencing Guidelines in Family Court?

Posted by J. Benjamin Stevens | Sep 29, 2008 | 0 Comments

Question:  Does the Family Court have any sentence guidelines or limits on how long a person can be sent to jail for failure to pay child support?  I have heard that six months was the maximum sentence.

Answer:  There are no "sentencing guidelines" in Family Court, and the punishments imposed for contempt issues can vary from Judge to Judge and case to case.  However, the maximum sentence that can be imposed for a willful violation of a Court Order is (a) one year in jail, (b) $1,500 fine, (c) 300 hours of community service, or (d) any combination of the above.

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J. Benjamin Stevens

Aggressive, creative, and compassionate are words Ben Stevens' colleagues freely use to describe him as a divorce and family law attorney. Ben is a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the International Academy of Family Lawyers, and is a Board Certified Family Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocates. He is one of only four attorneys in South Carolina with those simultaneous distinctions. To schedule a consultation with Ben Stevens call (864) 598-9172.

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