Tracking Delinquent Child Support by Cell Phone

Virginia has started using cell phone records to track down people who owe back child support. Here’s a story about it from NBC Channel 4.

The Virginia Department of Social Services issued administrative subpoenas (no court action required) on wireless providers seeking information about 48 delinquent parents. Apparently, Virginia is the first state to use cell phone records to track delinquent child support payers. Virginia may eventually expand this technique for all delinquent parents.

Virginia has been a trailblazer in the agressive collection of child support. It was one of the first states to attach boots (heavy weights) to the automobiles of delinquent payers, and it is agressive about revoking the drivers’ licenses of delinquent parents.

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