Income Taxes Intercepted Unfairly
by Proud (Step) Mom
I am married to a man who owes more back Child Support than he should. We can prove he lived with his ex and supported her and their children during the time she is getting back Child Support for. On the original Child Support papers she stated the date they were no longer together, the amount of Child Support she got from him, and how often. She SIGNED the forms and swore she was not abused and forced to write anything she put in writing.
When we got to court the second time, she totally lied! We had some receipts, but not all of them because we had just moved to another city. The judge told her to fill out the necessary forms so we wouldn't have to pay back child support. Mind you, she already stated the facts! She got mad at us and refused to do anything. In front of the judge she said she would the first time, and it's on record. We went back and forth for months! Finally, the judge stated he believed us and not her. He remembers what she stated on record. However, his hands were tied, because of the Tx OAG and some stupid laws! That's so unfair! I honestly think the judge wanted to help us out more than knocking off a few thousand dollars, but the OAG was dead set against it, and fought us hard! So now we don't get much of an income tax check. I do file Injured Spouse, but she even gets our EIC credit for my children, which really should come to me.
I say that because I am the sole provider for my children. He can't afford to contribute due to regular child support payments, and extra money we send for Birthdays, holidays, and school, etc. We don't complain because we are their parents and it's our job to do it. The only problem we have is the fact that she's allowed to get away with fraud and stealing. Her lies about the amount owed to her affects our whole family, and that includes her children, also. I hope the laws changes to give some protection to non dead-beat parents who pay faithfully and don't lie or cheat their kids out of support!