As per South Carolina Rules for Family Court Rule 24, the Spartanburg County Child Support Enforcement Office reviews and monitors all support cases where a defendant has been ordered to pay through the Clerk of Court’s Office. Under that rule, a defendant becomes eligible for a Rule to Show Cause Hearing when a payment is “at least five working days” late. SCRFC 24(a).
Once the Rule to Show Cause Hearing date has been set, both the defendant will be served with notice for the hearing by either the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department or the court-designated process server. Failure of a defendant to appear for his/her Rule to Show Cause Hearing may result in a bench warrant being issued for his/her arrest.
Once you have been set for a Rule to Show Cause Hearing, you must attend your court appearance. You cannot pay your arrears balance to avoid court.
* Due to Covid-19 closures and restricted court hearings, the Spartanburg County Family Court Docket for Rules to Show Cause Hearings has been delayed. We are currently creating dockets for these hearings to be heard at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. Please pay special attention to the notice that you receive for court; it will contain specific instructions on times, parking and locations.