Clifford Hall from Houston, Texas was sentenced to six months in jail for failure to pay his child support. He fell behind and owed more than $3,000 in child support. His wages were garnished but his company failed to submit the money to the court for his ex-wife to collect. Hall has become current plus an extra $1,000 but could not avoid facing jail time based on a Texas law.
When making support payments (spousal or child), make sure that you have proof of payment. If you are making the payments directly to the other person, then keep good records of your checks or bank statements showing payment. This can also be helpful in the future if the other party claims that you failed to make payments. If you can’t prove that you made the payments, then you probably won’t get credit for them. Failure to pay child support can lead to a number of unpleasant consequences ranging from suspension of your driver’s license to jail time.