6 months in jail for being a responsible father.
How many of you are surprised to find out that this isn’t true? Yeah, I didn’t think that would be many of you. Clifford Hall was held in contempt of court for failing to pay child support, not for paying too much.
Hall claims that the child support terms were altered without his knowledge, so he unknowingly fell behind on payments (he had been in court just a few months prior and been informed that he was all paid up). He also had custody of his son outside of the visitation rights that were set out in the court order (again, Hall claims the terms were altered without his knowledge).
He did pay the amount that he was informed that he owed, along with the mother’s attorney fees, but was still held in contempt of court for having fallen behind in the first place.
This one isn’t OP’s fault — this is exactly how actual news outlet Fox 26 in Houston reported it on television. The screenshot used is from a blog called Police State USA, which cites this article on Fox 26’s web site (the headline of which is “Father pays outstanding child support, still gets jail time,” and according to the Internet Archive Wayback machine that has been the headline since the story was first posted — but the reporter did go on the air and say “A Houston father is facing 180 days in jail for overpaying his child support”).
The statement of “overpayment” seems to come from a quote from Hall’s lawyer, Tyesha Elam, who said “What did I do that my client has over paid over visited and is now paying 3 thousand dollars in attorney fees and is going to jail for 6 months.”
Clifford Hall may very indeed have been treated unfairly, but the headline in the screenshot above is completely untrue.