Skip to comments.Father pays outstanding child support, still gets jail time
Posted on 01/12/2014 10:48:00 AM PST by Dallas59
HOUSTON (FOX 26) -
Clifford Hall says he's more than happy to pay child support for his 11-year-old son.
"I'm his father it's my responsibility to take care of him," Hall says.
But Hall says when the amount of child support was modified no one told him.
"I discovered for some reason his employer was withholding a large amount some weeks a small amount some weeks a zero amount some weeks," says Hall's attorney Tyesha Elam.
"I didn't want to go to jail basically," Hall says.
So Hall quickly paid almost 3 grand in back child support.
(Excerpt) Read more at myfoxhouston.com ...
It’s his responsibility to support his child.
Child support is not taken out if the father has been paying.
Having said that, sue the employer for their failure to remove the required amounts
That is a really badly written article. But it sounds like the judge needs to be removed from this courtroom.
I had to check to see if it was the same judge I had.
I'm sure there's more to the story here but we'll likely never know due to the poorly written article.
Too bad he was not a woman. My ex wife has not paid child support since Nov 2011.
I have not raised a stink about it but still....
Don't you think that might depend on the state?
While I understand some men not collecting child support from their ex-wives, I am struck by how many women I know have gone after their ex-husbands for miniscule amounts just to ‘stick it to them’.
My ex wife had to pay me child support, and I took a guilty pleasure in watching the Contempt of Court hearings. One time it was before a Commissioner who spent two minutes chewing *me* out for not paying the support, touching on every point he could about what a mean and rotten person I was. I let him go on and on, then when he got through his spiel, I asked him if he was finished yet. He got really angry then.
That’s when I told him I’m the payee, and not the payer, and was willing to accept his apology. You don’t often get to enjoy a laugh at the court’s expense.
In Texas, all child support is garnished from wages. No choice.
My ex told me point-blank she didn’t believe women should ever have to pay child support. I told her she can take that attitude right to jail, which she then did. Several times.
It’s only 42.00 damn bucks a week.
If it were me, is be under the jail.
Just can’t stand the double standards and hypocrisy.
I would have loved to have been in there.
It was an unexpected pleasure. Every time I dragged her in for a Contempt of Court hearing was a good thing because I knew where she was going after the hearing, and that one time was truly icing on the cake.
There were times when the roles of payer/payee were reversed, and I was never so much as a day late or a dollar short.
Sage advice. The “Family Courts” are so out of whack a man doesn’t have a chance. I should note that in the instances described above, I had to force the court to do something about her delinquencies. They would never have bothered to try to collect, left to their own devices.
While women have advocates to help them through the process, men do not.
Things are bad when I find myself in agreement with Quannell X.
Men go to jail, thanks to laws passed under threat by feminazis.
It’s even worst in the God Forsaken State of New Jersey. After your child support ends, you have to file for Emancipation. This will cost you another $3000-5000 for it to be finally over.
Wish I had been there to see that. I do enjoy when a self-righteous idiot is forced to eat some crow immediately after their spiel.
Did that with one idiot they made “boss” on a consulting job. Came to my office all in a huff demanding to know why I wasn’t at “the meeting”.
What “meeting” I asked? One that had just completed. I said I have no record of it. Could you have picked up the internal phone and dialed my desk? I’d have been there in a hot minute, immediately, while it was gathering.
Then he told me he emailed me the meeting. I must have missed it, you still should have called me (searching my inbox). No email.
Then I demanded to see the email he sent. No, no, no, he said.
No, I said, let’s go.
The idiot sent it to everyone at the meeting BUT ME.
I told him, next time, call me, I’ll be there and don’t blame me for an email where you specifically forgot ME.
The father of my grandson lives in Florida. The state of Texas has Florida garnish his wages. If they did not, he would never pay a penny in child support. And hi Johnny. It is good to see you.
It certainly puts a lot of fear in one’s head; what goes on.
“If it were me, is be under the jail.”
Did not know that, good
Really having to take the father to court to force them to pay child support, is sticking it to them.
It would not be an issue if fathers supported their childen.
If I was required to pay child support and did not do so for the same amount of time, or less, as my ex wife has I would not only be in jail but under it.
Yeah, fathers never support their children.
Way to make a blanket statement.
Excuse me - I wasn’t talking to you.
Don’t you dare twist my words.
The sentence you typed makes no sense.
I was asking you to retype that short sentence.
The government demands a nation of bastards.
My husband has paid child support for the last 14 years for his three kids and was never late or short with a payment. His ex used the court system as a weapon and continued to make false allegations for the sole purpose of making his life miserable. It’s my guess that this scenario probably occurs more than we would care to admit.
What should really give one pause is the simple fact that, on the average, for the guy the actual served penalties for murder are less than the penalties for divorce.
Seems to me there's lot of that going around these days.
I am permitted reply to anyone who posts a reply, you used the phrase “stick it to them” not me.
Average served term for 1st degree murder is 7 years. At the end of which he would have been released debt free...
I’m certain the thought crossed his mind at some point, but he’s an honorable man. :-)
>>Thats when I told him Im the payee,<<
It had to be fun to watch him backtrack!
1. If a payer (in this case, the dad) is incarcerated, the child support is abated (he doesn’t have to pay for the time he’s in jail).
2. Having a payor in jail in not “in the best interest of the child”.
3. Really, the dude got 6 mos. for disrespecting the judge.
4. It is up to the Friend of the Court to notify payers of all court proceedings. In this case, either Dad simply didn’t get notitifed, his attorney didn’t get notification, or the both of them are really, really dumb. My vote is that the court did not notify them.
5. The employer should be held liable for the “a lot this week, not so much next week” method of payment.
Summation: This guy is getting screwed by the system. His attorney should refund any payment he’s received. The employer should be charged with withholding payment. And the judge needs to get over herself. And who is deprived out of all of this? The child. Sorry, in this case, it is all about the children.
It was. He stammered a bit. I said “I’ll accept a simple ‘I apologize’ and then we can move on to the business at hand. I figure the purge will be about $1300?”
It was, and off she went in cuffs until she scraped it up. I really don’t know which aspect I liked the most.
I read a report a while back that said in DC the average time served for murder was 7.5 years and for armed robbery of a convenience store it was 5.5 years...
Great motivation for the robber to shoot the only witness.
Does not apply at all to child support discussion.
My sons ex-wife was ordered by a court in Texas to pay child support as well as provide insurance for my grandson. She does neither. She lives in New Mexico at an address that we supplied to the AG. He receives no money and I pay for the child’s insurance. We pushed all the buttons that we know of...to no avail. The system doesn’t always work.
Was talking to a guy who was an organizer for a gun show near a city's airport. He was telling about a call he had recently had from the city tax office screaming at him over not filing required sales tax paperwork with the city, and how he was in such enormous legal trouble.
The organizer took such pleasure in telling the tax guy "The site is just across the border in [adjoining suburban county], f***head", and hanging up.
It sounds to me like he was in a show cause hearing and walked out. You don’t get to go until the Court says so.
A friend of mine got divorced from his bipolar wife. She got the kids and he dutifully paid child support for several years. Then the kids decided they would rather live with Dad, and they were cramping her dating style anyway, so she agreed to give him custody.
He asked me if I thought he should ask HER for child support. I told him, "do you REALLY want to give her a reason to not go ahead with giving you custody?". At least this way he stopped paying child support to her, while still having to buy the kids clothing, school supplies, etc.
You dudes make more money driving a freaking truck or digging a ditch or running some backhoe than these poor gals can make with their little $10 an hour office jobs. What kind of union jobs do women have? None. Still. Even with “women’s lib” which is really men’s lib because now y’all can mess around without any condemnation. If you are treating your child’s mother poorly, you are setting a horrible example for your child.