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Father claims overpaid child support led to jail sentence

Missouri residents know that raising a child is not an easy task. In the absence of one parent, the remaining custodial parent may have a hard time supporting the needs of the children. It is precisely for this reason that child support is established. It allows for payments to be collected from the other parent and given to the custodial parent to use for the benefit of the children.

Local readers know that delinquent child support payments can lead to jail time for the supporting parent. However, in Texas, an unusual case of overpaying for child support has led to a jail sentence. Based on a recent report, a father's wages were being garnished for child support payments. According to the 43-year-old father, the state has allegedly failed to notify his employer of an increase in child support, which resulted in the father falling behind on his payments. After being notified of being in arrears, the father paid the remaining balance, but this resulted in an overpayment in child support. The man was then sentenced to 180 days in jail for inconsistent child support payments.

This case demonstrates that parents who pay child support need to carefully track their payments. They also need to be aware of any child support changes and should also track their payroll if they're paying the child support through wage garnishment.

This case also illustrates that failing to pay the amount set by the court can lead to consequences, including jail time. Supporting parents need to be responsible with their payments to avoid serious consequences, because it is their children who will benefit from the continuous financial support.

In Saint Charles, Missouri, parents who are having child support issues and concerns should review all of their legal options. Parents can also seek a modification of child support if they think that the existing amount is not enough for the everyday expenses of the child.

Source: Abclocal.go.com, "Houston man in unusual child support case turns himself in," Demond Fernandez, Jan. 21, 2014

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