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Man sentenced to jail after paying child support in full

On behalf of Law Office of Nancy L. Sponseller posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014.

Ohio residents may be interested in the recent case of a man who was sentenced to six months in jail for overdue child support despite having paid the debt in full. The sentence is a result of a law passed in Texas in June 2013 that says a parent can be sent to jail for overdue child support even if he or she pays the required amount. According to an attorney in the case, an individual could show up at court, make full payment in court and still be sentenced to jail time.

In this case, the father fell behind after a clerical error caused too little to be withdrawn from his paycheck. When the man became aware of the situation, he reportedly took immediate action to rectify the situation. His attorney said that she believed the case would be over as soon as the accused man provided receipt of payment.

The man’s attorney said that she offered to settle with the attorney for the boy’s mother. However, the mother’s attorney said they wouldn’t settle unless the father also paid $3,500 in attorney fees. The accused and his attorney proceeded to face the charges in court, where he was ultimately sentenced to six months in jail. The father began his sentence on Jan. 21.

Delinquent child support can be a particularly tough issue. While jail time is sometimes needed to enforce the law, a parent is often even less capable of paying while locked behind bars. A family law attorney could help a parent pursue delinquent support and could help a parent who may struggling to make payments.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Clerical Error In Child Support Payments Leads To Six-Month Jail Sentence For Clifford Hall “, January 22, 2014