During the course of a Texas divorce, many parents struggle over issues related to the care, custody and support of shared children. When it comes to child support, it is not uncommon for the parent who is tasked with making those payments to feel as though the amount is too high. What is less common is for that parent to take deliberate steps to avoid paying the proper amount of child support. One state is currently struggling with an unusual issue related to the circumvention of child support.
The case centers on a woman's claim that her former husband has conspired with his employer to intentionally misrepresent the amount of money he earns. She asserts that those efforts were made in an attempt to reduce the amount of child support that the man is obligated to pay. In an unusual approach, she has decided to try to sue the employer for its participation in the scheme.
She has asked that the state's Supreme Court reviewed the matter. The case is the first of its kind in the woman state of residence. Taking legal action against an employer who is believed to have acted to conceal a parent's income is highly unusual. However, many within the legal community feel strongly that child support fraud is a serious issue, and one that should be addressed in any and all permutations.
As of the time of this report, it is unclear whether the state's Supreme Court will take on the matter. Many parents in Texas and across the nation believe that when an employer acts to intentionally reduce child support payments, then that employer should be held accountable. If the court agrees, other parents who are facing similar circumstances may have an avenue of legal recourse.
Source: flarecord.com, "Florida appeals court asks state supreme court to take up child support case", Kate Jacobson, Nov. 23, 2016