Texas Child Support is bad

by Chris
(San Antonio, TX)

During my divorce the judge came up with some amount of child support $600 a month. Which is 62% of my total monthly income. I tried to explain to them that I can't afford it. Well, guess what they did not care. They penciled over the amount my x-wife requested. In addition my wife had an affair and had a child with the person she had an affair with. The court put that child onto my child support amount to be paid under my protest. Since the child was born while we were still married the court considers the child mine. The court case ended.


I did not get notice that I had to start paying until 7 months later at which time my back child support amount added up to $4200. I was floored to learn I owed that much for missed child support. On top of the $600 a month they wanted me to pay $150 more a month to pay off the back child support. Since the amount I had to pay monthly was 62% of my income to start with the extra $150 a month was the nail in my coffin.

I lost my apartment, because I could not pay rent. I almost lost my car because I could not make car payments. I lived in my car for nearly 3 months so I could pay off the amounts. They hit my credit so when I applied for a loan the loan office denied me. I got turned down for two jobs and basically both in different ways told me they did a back ground check and seen how much I owed in back child support and could not in good faith hire a dead beat dad. I was at the end of my rope and the OAG offered ZERO help to guide me.

I tried asking the OAG office for help. They told me they could not do anything and to submit a review. I submitted the review and then was told it could take a year to be done. I could not live in my car for a year and I had no other place to go.

I did find another women and it has been a few years. During that time I managed to scrap a few hundred in savings to go back to court to try to get the extra child removed and my child support lowered, crossing my fingers I got a different judge with my w2 in hand.

I still owe over $5000 in back child support. They never adjusted the child support for the "extra" child that was not mine. They only lowered the child support amount from the end date of the court date not from the orginal child support start date (even though my W2's clearly show it was 62% of my total income).

Now, I am scared out of my mind. I am still paying my child support and making the extra payment on the back amounts that orginally started to build up cause I did not know about it. They served me papers and I see how they send people to jail. My current employer has a zero tolerance rule on missing days. So, even missing two days will get me fired. I still have car bills, child support, rent, and now I have an another wife and two children to support with my new wife. If I go to jail and loose my job then we will all be SOL!! I have never been to jail. I have always obeyed the law no matter what it was.

I am so scared that I am thinking about moving out of state and get a new job from that state and just mailing my child support from that state. I want to pay child support and have been paying child support. I just don't want to go to jail for the amount I have in back child support. Which is just $5300 at this time.

I am very scared!!

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Get a passport and leave
by: Anonymous

Given your story and knowing of similar ones,
I recommend getting a passport and leaving the US all together .The law in Texas is absurd, and whats worse is even if you move out of state, they can still make life hell for you unless you are completely outside of US jurisdiction .
I would have filed for a passport, travel visa and driven that car to the nearest port, airport or international border and left for good . Life is too short to deal with this sort of law mandated BS.

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Ex owes 89k!! Won't help pay for youngest son's funeral!!
by: Anonymous

Ex lives in Oklahoma would never pay child support! Youngest son was 14 months old @ the time he sign agreement to pay $200.00 a month for 2 children! Att general took Ex to court when youngest son was 26 yrs old! Was not aware of court date until it was order for him to start paying $63.00 a week! Ex stop paying after 1 1/2 yrs & never paid anymore! Son past away had no life insurance, so I paid all expense Ex didn't offer any help! Now Ex is drawing disability , guess I won't ever getting support!! Mother that had to work 2 jobs!

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unfair to noncustodial spouse
by: an angry woman

WOW!!! Just moved here from another state (where I was the custodial parent) and I am shocked at how unfair this states child support calculations are. Why is the cutodial parent's salary not included in the calculation? This state sucks.

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wait for the order!
by: Adrianna

you didn't know you had to start paying child support till 7 months later? who was supposed to take care of your children's needs during that time? Just the mom? did you not think you had to pay something BEFORE the courts demanded you pay for your children? there may have been things done wrong in your case but that right there means that you didn't really care enough about sending anything towards the care of your own children till you absolutely had to.

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Tennessee sucks too
by: Anonymous

My step-son's wife left him with several children. He didn't want the divorce. She was secretly seeing someone else. He has the children MORE than she does and still pays over 1/2 of his income. While she tans and goes out with the new boyfriend, he has to figure out how he's going to feed the children and pay the light bill. This way of determining child support is simply unrealistic, unfair, and cruel. And I'm a woman. This is just nuts.

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