The wife of a Texas father
by Jo Ann Hammack
My husband and his ex wife have been divorced for 27 years, the only child born in that marriage is now 31 and my husband is still paying child support.
He got behind in payments a few years after the divorce and was raked over the coals with interest on arreages. His daughter came to live with him for two years when she was in high school and my husband didn't pay child support during that time; that was all ok until the ex got mad about something and back to court they went. The courts allowed the deduction of the support during that two years but still nailed him with even more interest. In 2005 my husband was still paying child support on a grown child that was the mother of two when he was involved in a very serious car accident. Needless to say while off work he again fell behind and was again taken to court for the interest he can never get paid off. To the day he is still paying 455.00 dollars a month and the balance never seems to change. In the divorce the amount of child support ordered to pay until his daughter reached 18 was 35,000.00, he has paid over 60,000.00 and still owes almost 14,000.00 to date. He has ask the DA office why he is still paying and never gets an answer.
He tried to settle the whole thing when was laid off from his job after 14 years but to no avail...he is still paying with no end in sight.
Where is the justice in a man still paying 27 years later with really very few payments missed...it is all coming from interest.