Clifford Hall is certainly no deadbeat dad, yet he was slapped with a 180-day sentence for overpaying his child support, reports My Fox Houston.
According to family court documents, Hall was reportedly delinquent on his child support payments, owing some $3,000 for his 11-year-old son. Yet, the dutiful dad had actually been meeting his obligation as the payments were being withheld by his employer.
The original child support agreement Hall had with his unidentified ex was somehow modified and no one bothered to tell him. Hall’s employer deducted child support payments from his check that, according to his attorney Tyesha Elam, were all over the place.
“I discovered for some reason his employer was withholding a large amount some weeks, a small amount some weeks, a zero amount some weeks.”
When Hall and his ex stood before Judge Lisa Millard’s court last November, he was informed twice that he owed his ex no monies.
However, Hall’s ex wife’s attorney argued that his client wanted him to pay her $3,000 legal tab and the judge agreed. According to the court papers, Hall was also being accused of failing to follow the visitation agreement that had been put in place. Hall also claims that the visitation had also been modified, again, without his knowledge.
Judge Millard wound up sentencing Hall to six months in jail.
Hall told My Fox Houston, “When she said ‘I remand you to the Harris County Jail for 180 days’ my mouth just dropped. I can’t be there for my son in jail. I can’t pay child support in jail. This is not in the best interest of the child.”
Now Quanell X, who is a community activist, has involved himself in Hall’s case and is demanding that the state’s judicial board investigate this travesty of justice. “The court failed the child,” he told My Fox Houston. “The court failed Mr. Hall. The system broke down.”
Judge Millard says that a motion of reconsideration could have been filed which would have allowed her to hear both Hall and his ex wife’s arguments again.
Meanwhile Hall, who must turn himself in to begin serving his 180-day sentence in a few days, is having his attorney appeal the case.