When parents have an agreement regarding payment of child support, most of them understand the importance of those payments. They know that their children need that money in order to have basic needs fulfilled and that missing even one payment can have a detrimental effect on their life. Even so, there are many parents who fail to make court-ordered child support payments. Right here in Texas, one county is dealing with reports that a candidate for the office of sheriff owes several thousand dollars in unpaid child support.
The man in question allegedly owes over $53,000 in overdue child support to his ex-wife. Local media obtained legal documents that revealed this story and spoke to the man about exactly what occurred. The reports state that, earlier this year, a judge determined the man should have and could have made the required payments on time. He was found guilty of contempt of court and eventually ordered under community supervision for 120 months. Since then, reports show that the man is now making his payments on time and even paying his overdue payments with interest.
The sheriff candidate says that he stopped making the payments as a way of forcing his ex-wife to fulfill her financial obligations as outlined in their divorce agreement. He insists that he loves his children and has always ensured that they receive proper care. He still feels he is the best candidate for the office of sheriff even with this potential scandal.
No matter how this story turns out, it serves to highlight just how crucial it is that parents make proper child support payments. Failure to do so may jeopardize the care of their children. Parents who have difficulty making or receiving their court-ordered child support payments here in Texas may want to involve an experienced family law attorney. It may be the key to determining the best course of action for everyone involved and to ensure that children’s needs are put first.