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February 2014 Archives

Contempt in Child Support: Dern if I Do, Dern if I Don't!

The story of a Houston, Texas man recently sentenced to 180 days in jail after overpaying his child support has caught the attention of many in social media and I have been asked to weigh in. A while back, Mr. Clifford Hall was ordered to pay an increase in child support which was to be deducted from his paycheck. The State of Texas was to notify his employer of the increase, but never notified the employer of the new Order and therefore, the new amount. As a result, Mr. Hall's child support payments did not reflect the new court ordered amount. This caused him to slowly fall into arrears. In December of 2013, Mr Hall appeared before a Texas judge, was held in contempt and ordered spend 180 days in jail.

One big, happy family? Well that was quite the experience!

Last week may be one for the record books.  At least we hope so.  The perfect storm descended upon us in the metro Atlanta area consisting of conflicting weather predictions, a rapidly moving snow/ice storm, a collective, simultaneous public awakening and too many cars.