Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Failure to Make Child Support Payments

    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. 

http://www.click2houston.com/news/dad-begins-jail-sentence-in-complicated-child-support-case/26639554
 
    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.


1 comment:

Claudia Rosenburg said...

Did they at least warn him that he was behind before arresting him? It seems like he wasn't aware at all that his payments were going through! You make a good point that anyone who is paying child support should be keeping track of their money, even if it is being directly deposited. I read the update, and it's good that he was able to establish visitation with his son!
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