Texas Man Pays Child Support Debt Yet Still Heads to Prison

Change.org is circulating a petition asking Gov. Rick Perry to lift all charges against Clifford Hall.

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Updated Saturday, Jan. 11, 1:08 p.m. EST: A bizarre case involving a Texas man who was jailed for paying too much child support has the social media world abuzz. Change.org is urging people to sign a petition asking Gov. Rick Perry to lift all charges against Clifford Hall, who earlier this month was sentenced to six months in jail for overpaying child support and spending too much time with his son.


A Houston man is headed to jail for six months even though he paid his child support debt, Fox 26 reports. 

Clifford Hall told the news station that he had no problem paying child support for his 11-year-old son.

“I’m his father; it’s my responsibility to take care of him,” Hall says. So he had the child support payments set up to be taken from his check through his employer.

“I discovered for some reason his employer was withholding a large amount some weeks, a small amount some weeks, a zero amount some weeks,” says Hall’s attorney, Tyesha Elam.

At some point his child support was modified, but Hall claims that he was never notified, so he paid the almost $3,000 that he owed in back child support. “I didn’t want to go to jail, basically,” Hall says.

When Hall and his unidentified ex-wife were in Judge Lisa Millard’s court last November, Hall didn’t owe anything.