Not paying child support and showing anger.
It takes more than 2 weeks to be sent to jail for child support arrears.
You would think. I was due to make a payment to her March 12. Her lawyer stated that we had agreed to it at some point and time. We did not. We did have an agreement that they would drop contempt charges when I missed my first support payment. My original support was made based on 'potential earnings' and not actual. I could not afford that.
We had a settlement in place that states that they would drop the contempt charges. I left town and they showed up at court rather than dropping the charges. They made up all kinds of stuff. We have been in and out of courts for months getting that straight. Somehow it got missed that the judge ordered me to pay $500 on March 12 on top of my normal payment or go to jail. On April 1 the judge sent the sheriff to our meeting place where we exchange the kids. The sheriff did not even understand all of the orders in the case and let me go.
My lawyer is out of the country, but her assistant called the courthouse and they told me I still owe $500 from March 12 and I need to o pay it. They said that they would not arrest me if I paid it. I showed up with a check, credit card, and debit card. The sheriff told me that those are not acceptable forms of payment and handcuffed me. I asked if I could go to the bank and get cash which I was told 'no, we are not letting you go again.' I was then incarcerated for an extra day after the payment was made in cash because the sheriff and judge needed to make sure it was safe to let me go. Meaning they wanted to see if I owed any other back child support. So, I got an extra day just to be safe.
Seriously, I am convinced that God hates me. So, yes I literally went to jail for being 2 weeks late on an extra $500 child support payment. I was and am current on all other payments. I still do not know if I owe her more money at random dates. Neither does anyone else other than her lawyer. Thus far the judge has simply rubber stamped everything that her lawyer has asked for. I am running through my own lawyers like no tomorrow with little luck (on the third).
We have had DFACS workers complain to the judge that they are concerned about my kids safety with my STBX and the judge still rules against me at every turn. Everybody just keeps telling me to stay calm because it will all come around in the end. I am about ready to flee the country I am so frightened for my safety at this point. I have never in my life been in trouble with the law, no history of violence, good credit, and I still have police come and terrorize me at my STBX's whims.
I never knew that child support could be ruled for an amount almost double my actual salary because I 'have a master's and have added earning potential.' I had no idea that I can be ordered to pay random dollar amounts at random times without ever being informed.