Married Filing Jointly
(Wichita Falls, Tx)
My husband fell behind on his child support. He left a $15.00 per hour job to work closer to home, only it was a $7.00 per hour job. Not having the money for an attorny to get the child support lowered, he struggled to make the $100.00 a week payments. Then his father got sick and passed away. My husband went into a major depression for about two years. When he finally got back on his feet and started paying her again, the judge didn't go according to his present income. Now he makes $8.00 per hour and she gets part of my income tax refund simply because we are married and file jointly. The tax preparers that I have talked to say in Texas unless you have been seperated for at least 6 months we have to file together. It wouldn't be so bad if they only took his part but they dip into mine as well. Moral of my story, don't get married in a community property state if the intended spouse owes child support.