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Father sentenced to 6 months in jail for paying too much child support

Discussion in 'Current Events & Politics' started by iLOVE, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. iLOVE

    iLOVE Member

    Christian:
    Yes
    A father will spend half of 2014 behind bars for doing too much for his son. After overpaying child support and seeing his son too often - breaking terms that were secretly modified without his knowledge - a judge sentenced him to a lengthy jail sentence.

    Clifford Hall has been doing his best to give care to his 11-year-old son, who lives with his ex-wife. He pays his child support and visits regularly. "I'm his father it's my responsibility to take care of him," Hall said.

    Last November, his child support payments were paid in full. Sometime between then and now, the child support agreement between Hall and his wife was modified without his knowledge.

    Hall wound up overpaying by $3,000, a fact that Harris County District Court Judge Lisa Millard found contemptible.

    Another term that was modified without his knowledge was his visitation schedule. Subsequently, Hall was found to have over-visited his son.

    Judge Millard ended up finding Hall in contempt of court.

    When she said I remand you to the Harris County Jail for 180 days my mouth just dropped," Hall told FOX 26 Houston.

    In addition to the six month jail sentence, Judge Millard is forcing Hall to pay his ex-wife's attorney fees.

    "I can't be there for my son in jail," Hall said. "I can't pay child support in jail. This is not in the best interest of the child."

    Hall is correct. Such heavy-handed actions on the part of the court serve no one. Not only is the child going to be deprived of his father for the next 6 months, but taxpayers will have to pay the father's incarceration, and will potentially be forced to subsidize the mother's living expenses in lieu of the child support payments.

    It just goes to show us that no good deed goes unpunished in Police State USA.


    Comment: This is a perfect example of what happens when psychopathic 'morality' infects a society and turns most of the population, and especially the 'authorities', into half-wits, exactly as Lobaczewski described in Political Ponerology.

    UPDATE: According to another report, Hall didn't pay too much child support - he caught up on back-payments that he claims he didn't know he owed as soon as he found out about them. At the above link we read: When Hall and his unidentified ex-wife were in Judge Lisa Millard's court last November, Hall didn't owe anything.

    "Opposing counsel testified twice that he's all paid up," Elam told the news station. [...] In the video above, they note that the judge said Hall walked out of court after being held in contempt - not that he was held in contempt because he walked out.

    Thus, it still appears, as of now, to be rather unjust.

    http://www.sott.net/article/271748-...ths-in-jail-for-paying-too-much-child-support
  2. AirDancer

    AirDancer
    Moderator

    Christian:
    Yes
    None of this is in the best interest of the child. Absolutely none of it.

    Perhaps someone here from Texas can explain how the legal system works with regard to child support/visitation cases.

    In my state, nothing can be done about increases in child support or changes in visitation without the non-custodial parent's input either in person or by legal representation. (Child support is based on non-custodial parent's income, as verified by tax returns, pay stubs, and in many cases, statements from employers - if applicable.)
  3. Barbarian

    Barbarian Member

    Christian:
    Yes
  4. AirDancer

    AirDancer
    Moderator

    Christian:
    Yes
    The update for which Lewis presented the link said that even the ex-wife's counsel admitted the father was paid up ... in fact, had over-paid. So the child support issue was not on the table.

    That said, however, the update article didn't say how much the increase in child support was (the new amount which the dad said he didn't know about), so it would appear as though more details are needed here.
  5. AirDancer

    AirDancer
    Moderator

    Christian:
    Yes
    The article also referenced that the dad's employer was deducting the child support payments from the dad's wages. That's garnishment, which would mean the employer would be at fault for failure to comply with a court order where child support is concerned, and it would be the employer who would be held responsible if the payments were not paid according to court order.

    This is a curious situation.
  6. WIP

    WIP Ye Old A&T, Men's Locker Room Administrator

    Christian:
    Yes
    The story in the OP seems a bit off balance. How is it that the child support and visitation rights of the father were changed without his knowledge unless he failed to appear at the pertinent hearings? Put him in jail for overpaying? This seems way out of reality.

    I agree with Barbarian. There must be a lot more to this story than what we've heard so far.
  7. turnorburn

    turnorburn Member

    Christian:
    Yes
    And it all started with a divorce, the worst of it is that this country is divorcing itself from God and everyone is suffering. It amazes me how easily the media can print a story that gets into the very core of our emotions.. my how we are so easily swayed..

    tob

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