Dead Beat Millionaires Parent and Grandparents
by Maria Bowell
My ex son in law walked out on my daughter and her three little girls four years ago. He was a very successful custom home builder in Houston, his family, include developers and very wealthy entrepenuers, the children's grandparents own several companies both in Houston and Brazil. My ex son in law gambled, and considered a "high roller" he and his new girl friend went through all his money. My daughter and granddaughters moved into a smaller home in Sugar Land, and she worked full time to help support the girls. He was to pay for her their home, he did not and they foreclosed on the home, he was always behind, owing thousands of dollars in child support.
He would pay part of it, and never get caught up. His parents, multi-millionaires refused to help my daughter and the girls, but would give him money which never made to them. When they had her completely down, they would agree to give part of the money he owed her if she agreed to reduced support. She did, over and over again. My daughter and granddaughters lost their home. She asked them for help to get an apartment and they turned her down.
My husband and I are in our 60's moved her and the girls to Beaumont so we could help. My daughter commutes to Houston, works 10 hours a day and struggles financially. He has a new baby with his girl friend, his grandparents pay his home in Bellaire a high end area of Houston, has a nanny, travels,uses his mother's Amex for bills and no reported income. He owes my daughter over 6,000 in back child support, has reduced his support to the minimum, still does not pay it or it is so late she is late on her bills, her credit is ruined. He continues to see his kids, his parents enjoy all the joys of grandparent, but none of the responisibilities.
My husband called the wealthy grandfather and said we are doing all we can and he needed to get his son do his share, nothing came of that. My daughter called him and his parents, because the A/C broke down in her home, she was told "times are hard" we have no money. The grandfather recently closed a Houston deal for 5.5 million and can be seen on the internet in his multi-million condo development in Brazil.
The OAG says they can do nothing, because he shows no income. Yet my daughter and granddaughter's lives are constantly disrupted with visits to Houston, my daughter even has to meet him half way or she is in violation of visitation. The system is fauled and the ones who pay are the kids.