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.
Tonight's post comes from one of our fine, Atlanta, Fulton County family law attorneys, Lindsey Harrison.
As the new year begins in earnest, I want to take a few minutes to look back at the year that just flew by to figure out what happened to us in 2013.
Tonight's offering about child support is provided by our Savannah attorney, David Purvis.
Tonight's offering, "Child Support and Visitation: Comparing Apples and Oranges," is "penned" by our Atlanta counsel, Cherese Clark.
In many cases, hiring an attorney can pay for itself, making us extremely affordable. I'll give you an example.
It's been an interesting phenomenon. Ever since I wrote the Labor Day blog entry that our Savannah office was just about to open, people have been asking me whether it ever did. I had started a sequel that I didn't finish. I apologize for not finishing the thought. I know how annoying that can be.
There is a relatively new development in my field of practice, family law. With the Great Recession, many family law firms closed. The money to pay attorneys shrunk so fewer attorneys survived. As a result, we now have a new breed of family law attorney, the contingency lawyer.