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Smith County man's child support payments stolen by employer

For those parents in San Antonio who are required by their divorce decrees to pay child support, the responsibility for ensuring that those payments are made lies solely on them. For many, the easiest way to guarantee that the money gets to their children is to ask their employers to simply withhold the amount that they owe from their paychecks. In most cases, companies will honor such requests. However, recent stories are starting to surface about employers abusing the trust that their employees have placed in them.

Once such story recently came to light that involved a Smith County man who spent years unknowingly putting funds back in his boss’s pocket from money that was supposed to be going towards child support. Upon getting a job with a local mechanic shop, he told his new boss that funds needed to be withheld to meet his financial obligation to his kids. For seven years, he remained convinced that this was happening, even in the face of calls from his ex-wife claiming that she wasn’t getting the money. Finally, a personal review of his own records showed that the amount withheld from his paycheck did not match what the state had record of him paying. After the man confronted his boss, she confessed to having kept close to $32,000 of the money meant to pay his child support.

In such circumstances, the parent responsible for making child support payments could choose to file a civil action against his or her employer for misappropriating those funds. Ultimately, such action may be in his or her best interests, given that it’s he or she who’s held responsible when payments aren’t made. Anyone dealing with such a situation may find a family law attorney to be a good source of information on what to do.

Source: KPHO Phoenix, “7 Investigates: Employer accused of intercepting thousands in child support,” Julia Jenae, July 16, 2015

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