While many stories about child support in Texas revolve around fathers, one woman is opening up about her story and how she was sentenced to jail after failing to pay. The woman is a mother of two boys and apparently failed to pay child support to the children for years. She was sentenced twice to jail and now feels the time she served was justified.
The woman states that she believed she was above the law when she was younger and thought that because she was female, she could escape the required court-ordered payments. She claims that she even refused to open checking accounts because of fear that her money would be taken by the courts. Now she is 40 years old and is forced to make up for the support she didn't pay when the boys were younger.
She is one of numerous parents who have been sentenced to jail for failure to pay child support as ordered by the court. The woman's children are now grown, but she still has to pay $15,000 in back child support and penalties for her 21-year-old son, all the result of her actions when she was younger. The boy's father claims that the non-payment caused trouble between them and says that he had to work several jobs so he could afford expenses for the boys. The man also states that even though he was the one who was owed the child support, he felt his gender precluded him from having the legal support he needed.
Child support can be owed by either parent and failure to pay can lead to criminal penalties. Parents who struggle financially with Texas child support payments can request a modification of their order to help come to an agreement of what they can actually afford. Avoiding the issue makes it worse on everyone, especially the children. However, receiving help when financial issues threaten to prevent parents from making their support payments can help both parents come to a fair and equitable agreement.
Source: thecalifornian.com, "Child support tug of war/ Pro," Gheni Platenburg, July 7, 2012
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