An unusual Texas family law case has been in the news lately. In this case, a Texas dad has been sentenced to six months in jail despite the fact that he is current with this child support payments. According to the man, there was a problem with his work not withholding the correct amount of child support from his paychecks -- some weeks it was a lot of money, some weeks it wasn't. So, he owed his ex-wife $3,000.
In order to avoid jail time, the man quickly paid his ex-wife the $3,000 as soon as he learned about the error. However, the judge in the case, then ordered the man to pay $3,000 for his wife's attorney's fees. Furthermore, when the judge heard the man had not followed a court's order about picking up the child -- the judge sentenced the man to jail. The man and his attorney say they were unaware of any changes to the child custody order.Unlike this case, many Texas families face the opposite problem when it comes to child support. Many Texas parents are not receiving the support that their children need.If fact, child support is order for the benefit of the child, not the other parent. It is supposed to help pay for the child's necessary expenses including the child's educational costs, medical expenses and child care as well as every day expenses such as food, clothing and housing. Without this money, many parents can have a hard time meeting their child's basic needs.In cases where one parent isn't paying child support, Texas parent have legal options. There are strict punishments that can be enacted on the non-paying parent including losing that parent's driver's license, suspending professional licenses, wage garnishment and jail time.Parents who are not getting child support should understand these punishments and their legal rights. Children do not have to suffer without the financial support of both their parents.