I’ve been following this thing for about 10 days now and you know what? The ish STILL makes absolutely no sense to me so…maybe someone here can let us all know what in the hell is going on here!
A Texas dad was sentenced to six months in jail in a dispute over his child support paymetns – despite the fact that he had paid his ex-wife all that he owed her.
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Clifford Hall’s child support payments are all caught up – he even paid back $3,000 that he says were inadvertently withheld from his ex-wife by his employer prior to the hearing.
But a judge in Texas said that fact did not excuse an initial delay – leaving Hal unable to pay more child support payments as he spends time in jail.
The confusion, according to Hall’s attorney, Tyesha Elam, stems from someone changing the amount of Hall’s mandatory child support payments without telling 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,’ Elam tells MyFoxHouston.
Hall, saying that he ‘didn’t want to go to jail, basically,’ paid the $3,000 balance on his child support bill prior to a November hearing in front of Judge Lisa Millard in November.
At the time of the hearing, Hall owed nothing.
‘Opposing counsel testified twice that he’s all paid up,’ says Elam.
However, the attorney for Hall’s ex-wife argued that he should be required to pay an additional $3,000 for his ex’s attorneys fees.
Judge Millard agreed.
‘The Judge ended up sentencing him to 6 months in jail.’ Elam says.
Hall was stunned.
‘When she said I remand you to the Harris County Jail for 180 days my mouth just dropped,’ Hall told the station.
In addition to the attorney fees, Hall apparently wasn’t following the court’s scheduled times to pick up his son for visits – a change to his visitation stipulations he claims he knew nothing about.
Houston community activist Quanell X says he’s never seen such a blatant miscarriage of justice.
‘This entire situation is shocking to me,’ X says. ‘I’ve never seen one like this.’
‘The court failed the child,” he continues. ‘The court failed Mr. Hall the system broke down.’
Hall says that sending him to jail is not going to help him or his son.
‘I can’t be there for my son in jail,’ Hall says. ‘I can’t pay child support in jail. This is not in the best interest of the child.’
Judge Millard, however, says that when she found Hall in contempt of court, he got up and walked out of the courtroom – which is enough to anger any judge.
Millard says Hall’s attorneys can file a motion for reconsideration, which would allow her the opportunity to hear from both parties and reassess her decision.
Hall’s attorney currently is working on an appeal.
Hall, meanwhile, is preparing to turn himself in to begin his sentence in a few days.
As for his son, Hall says, ‘I’m his father it’s my responsibility to take care of him.’ [source]
Let m be completely honest in that I have a total bias towards the family courts system because I believe wholeheartedly that it is without question, stacked against men/fathers. : shrugs: I truuuuly believe it. But i’m honest enough that because I have this bias, my first inclination is to jump to the conclusion that this is just another example of a man getting shat upon by the family court. Regardless of any facts which may be in this article to contradict my belief. But as I said… i’m completely mature enough to admit my bias and also admit that it could very well be clouding my judgement.
With that said, any of you who have experience and or knowledge of how the child support system works, PLEASE break this down for us.
And someone explain to me what this man really got arrested for AND how placing him in jail is to solve ANYthing…..