(HOUSTON) — A change in the law means a Houston man will spend six months in jail for nonpayment of child support, even though his attorney says he paid up.
Clifford Hall said he got behind in his child support payments because his employer at the time took the money out of his check, but didn’t send it to the Texas Attorney General’s Office.
His son is 12.
“It’s not me that I’m really worried about. It’s him,” Hall said. “How’s it going to be for him for the next six months?”
Hall does not want his son to see him while he’s in jail.
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Hall’s attorney, Tyesha Elam, said the law changed a month after Hall paid up. Now, even if a noncustodial parent gets current on child support, he or she can still be held accountable for not paying.
“Our Texas law says if you didn’t pay on the first and you paid on the second, you can go to jail,” Elam said.
Hall is turning himself in on a contempt charge. Elam said the law is unfair and needs to change.
Another local media outlet reported that Hall was being punished for overpaying, but the AG’s office debunked that for us.
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