Shame On You

Houston man overpays child support but still sentenced to jail

Sun., Jan. 5, 2014 9:50 AM EDT
by Terry Shropshire

child supportA Houston man who was current on his child support — and actually overpaid — was still sentenced to six months in jail and ordered to pay his ex-wife’s attorney fees, shocking legal observers and others.

Clifford Hall says there were modifications in the child support and visitations but he was not notified in advance.

“I discovered for some reason his employer was withholding a large amount some weeks a small amount some weeks a zero amount some weeks,” says Hall’s attorney Tyesha Elam.

“I didn’t want to go to jail basically,” Hall says.

Therefore, Hall quickly paid almost three grand in back child support.

When Hall and his ex-wife were in Judge Lisa Millard’s court in November, it was documented that he owed nothing, according to MyFoxHouston.

“Opposing counsel testified twice that he’s all paid up,” says Elam.

There was a hitch: the child’s mother’s attorney wanted Hall to pay her three grand in attorney fees and the judge agreed.

Court documents also reveal Hall wasn’t following the court’s scheduled times to pick his son up for visitation. Hall said he was not informed of this either.

“The judge ended up sentencing him to six months in jail,” Elam says.

“When she said, ‘I remand you to the Harris County Jail for 180 days,’ my mouth just dropped,” says Hall.

“This entire situation is shocking to me,” says community activist Quanell X. “I’ve never seen one like this.”

Quanell X wants the state’s judicial board to investigate.

“The court failed the child,” he says. “The court failed Mr. Hall. The system broke down.”

“I’m like, he couldn’t have gotten a worse result,” Elam says. “He could have gone in there with a monkey and gotten a better result. What did I do that my client has over paid over visited and is now paying three thousand dollars in attorney fees and is going to jail for six months?”

Hall told the media that he has always been more than willing to provide child support for his 11-year-old son.

“I’m his father; it’s my responsibility to take care of him,” Hall says.

Now that he has been remanded to the Harris County Jail, he says this defeats the purpose of providing for his son.

“I can’t be there for my son in jail,” Hall was quick to add. “I can’t pay child support in jail. This is not in the best interest of the child.”

Judge Lisa Millard tells Fox 26 she found Hall in contempt when he walked out of the courtroom.

The judge also puts the onus on Hall’s attorney, telling the media that his attorney could have filed a motion for reconsideration, which would have given her an opportunity to hear from both sides again and reevaluate the situation.

Hall’s attorney says she is now working on an appeal; however, Hall is going to turn himself in to serve his sentence within the next few days.

 

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  • http://tvcmatrix.com/loisbvance Lois x Brundage Vance

    When are Men who are responsibly taking care of their Children going to Fight Back on this Injustice. Women have gotten nastier and greedier in their supposed Child Support needs, but did it ever occur to you that if the Dad is in Jail, he is unable to pay or even spend time with his Children. Why are Women making this a Vendetta. A responsible man will step up, there is no need to take him to court to try to get more money. Most of these Woman don’t give a Flip about their Children. It’s become about breaking a Man down. Emasculating him so that they can feel good about themselves. Well Ladies(and I use the term loosely), not a Good Look.

  • Jeff Smothers

    So now Mr. Hall goes to jail and will lose his job.
    Now Mr. Hall will not be able to make support payments and the $3,000(wow) to the ex-wife’s attorney
    Now Mr Hall will never be able to get out of the hole (lfinanically and jail)
    Mr. Hall surely cant have vistitation for the next 6 months and when he gets out he will have nothing with all his possessions gone (eviction no doubt)
    Mr. Hall’s son will have no father.
    messed up

  • One_Dedicated_Teacher

    http://youtu.be/Ektkguk1MWU
    My story says it all!

  • Gus

    He is a wallet not a man, society had rewarded men with flack for being a man, it is now offensive to be a MAN yet alone a strong man, beinging strong are qualities that are attributed to women ‘…I’m a strong (black) woman, I don’t need no man…’ but children need their father and not their Gov. Dad who gives excuses for women via the legal system and support in the form of a welfear cheque.

  • Brenee
  • wayjohn

    This is why people need to Vote. You have States like Texas that for years have looked for ways to destroy minorities. In my mind this Judge had in her mind to sentence him to time before he walked into the Court. She was surprised when he showed up and it was discovered he was paid in full and actually overpaid. This case never should have gone to court. Now the lawyer wants $3000 for maybe 2 hours of work. People of Houston if you don’t vote this is what you end up with.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JMami562 Cali Jay

    This judge is an idiot how did she ever get the job.hopefully she’ll play in traffic today

  • Marine

    I read the Bio on this Judge, she was a single mother who raised her daughter while she was in College. Her father was a well known Judge for over 40 years. She only practice Law for 6 years before becoming a Judge…( Daddy’s influence) She has two brothers one who is an attorney, the other works for the Court System. This lady is bitter, and her family has too much power in this district. What she did was wrong. Her personal feelings were involved in this decision. Now, a kid has to see his father behind bars for trying to do right by him. This is truly wrong on so many levels!!!

  • Guest

    Stormee

  • Stormee

    So, this “judge” stated that when she sentenced the gentleman and he turned away, that was a big “no no”?
    And she explained to the media that it was the lawyer’s fault?

    Yet, the mother in this case , brought him to court for NO REASON except to get him to pay for her legal fees, is not in trouble for basically wasting the court’s time and the taxpayer’s money?

    This judge should be removed from the bench because she is as worthless as t*ts on a turtle

  • Mike
  • STeelo

    Judge needs to be removed from the bench and he needs to fire his attorney…