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Child support glitch results in jail time for father

Divorces involving minor children can be among the most complicated and heart-wrenching. Loss of time with children and the associated pain that brings is truly unparalleled in the world of divorce. Additionally, there are commonly financial impacts such as monthly child support payments. For spouses that are ordered to pay child support, the strain can be great if job situations or other incidents reduce their income. When this happens, child support enforcement can lead to wage garnishments or even jail time.

A Houston man who had been required by the child support formula and order of the court to pay support to his former wife for their joint son is today in jail due to complications with the legal system. A past child support bill of more than $3,000 was supposedly being handled by garnishment. However, in his case, the money was not to be taken from his wages directly but from the employer instead. It was later discovered that the boy’s mother did not receive the money from the employer.

Despite having made up the arrears and paying an additional $1,000, the man was forced to start a jail sentence of six months. His attorneys have indicated a wish to have his sentence reduced but it is not known if this will be possible or not. It is also not known if the employer faces any action for failure to submit the money per the garnishment.

Many complications can arise when money is to be given to a custodial parent per a support agreement. When problems do arise, it can be important for people to consult with a family law attorney early to prevent serious consequences.

Source: Click2Houston.com, “Dad begins jail sentence in complicated child support case,”Mary Benton, June 24, 2014

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