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Governor Addresses 'Fathers Against the Crackdown'

Posted December 20, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— Governor Jim Hunt decided to address the issue of fathers who are denied visitation with their children. A group known as Fathers Against the Crackdown said earlier this week that they would refuse to pay their child support if their complaint was not taken seriously.

That action came on the heels of a crackdown in Orange County during which so-called deadbeat parents were refused drivers licenses if they didn't catch up on child support payments. The group said they needed the same sort of legal recourse to obtain court-ordered visitation with their children.

Governor Hunt said Thursday that he thought the request had merit and that he would look into the matter. Friday, he officially acknowledged the men's concerns.

There is no word yet on when new legislation on visitation might be proposed.