WVC 48 - 14 - 108
§48-14-108. Deceased parties in support cases.
(a) In the event of the death of any party to a domestic
relations support action, support payments or a refund of support
payments due to the party by the obligee, obligor or the Bureau for
Child Support Enforcement, not in excess of one thousand dollars,
may, upon proper demand, be paid, in the absence of actual notice
of the pendency of probate proceedings, without requiring letters
testamentary or of administration in the following order of
preference to decedent's:
(1) Surviving spouse;
(2) Children eighteen years of age and over in equal shares;
(3) Father and mother, or survivor; and
(4) Sisters and brothers.
(b) Payments under this section shall release and discharge
the obligee, obligor or the Bureau for Child Support Enforcement to
the amount of such payment.