After failed attempts to reverse a judge’s decision to sentence him to prison, a father who overpaid in child support turned himself in to go to jail.
43-year-old Clifford Hall does not owe any back child support. He’s been paid in full after his employer found a clerical error that prevented his payments from being sent to the child’s mother.
When Hall discovered it, he paid the amount due, plus an additional $,1000, according to his attorneys.
Evidence of the clerical error was presented during the appeal process but not at the hearing in which Hall was found in contempt of court for late payments.
Under a new Texas law, family court judges have the discretion to jail delinquent child-support payers, even if they have paid in full by the time of the hearing. Hall was sentenced to six months in jail by Judge Lisa Millard. His attorneys appealed the new law but lost.
Hall turned himself in on Tuesday. He says he’s fighting for custody of his 12-year-old son.
His lawyers hope that the case will call for legislators to change the Texas law.
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