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Father jailed after child support hearing

Even though a Texas father says that he owed no child support, he was still sent to jail. The man says that the amount of child support that he was supposed to pay was modified, and he was not notified of this change.

According to the man's attorney, his employer was withholding different amounts for child support during different weeks, including withholding a large amount sometimes, small amounts other weeks and nothing still some weeks. He accumulated $3,000 in back child support and paid it quickly. In November, the man and his child's mother were in court and the attorney of the child's mother said that he did not owe any back child support. However, the judge ordered him to pay $3,000 in attorney fees for the mother.

The man claimed that it is his responsibility to support his child, and he had no issue with paying child support. The court also found that the man was not following the scheduled times that he was supposed to pick up his child for visitation. However, the father said that he was not aware of such a modification. The judge sentenced him to six months in a county jail for contempt of court. The man says that the system has failed his child by requiring him to be in jail where it will be impossible for him to pay child support or visit his son. The man is considering appealing the decision.

If a parent is supposed to be receiving child support pursuant to an existing court order, he or she may go back to court if the other parent is not complying with the terms of the support order. Through such a course of action, the parent may be able to have the other party's wages garnished or have the person held in contempt.

Source: My FOX Houston, "Father pays outstanding child support, still gets jail time ", Randy Wallace, January 03, 2014

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