ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland General Assembly has voted to give people in Washington County an extra incentive to show up for out-of-court child support conferences.
Social Services began holding the conferences in 1996 as a way to streamline child support violation cases and requests for child support changes, he said.
About one-third of child support cases are settled at conciliation conferences, saving time for the courts and the parties involved, said Washington County Department of Social Services Director David Engle.
But word has gotten out that there is no punishment for not coming to the conferences.
So they asked the legislature to give Washington County Circuit Court judges the power to issue a so-called body attachment, in which a police officer brings a violator before the court to explain his or her absence. A bond could be set, which would be forfeited if the violator didn't show up at the next court appearance.