Man Files Lawsuit Over Child Support Imprisonment


A man who was imprisoned for falling behind with child support payments has filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas. The man has filed the federal lawsuit in the hope of recovering damages as well as to stop the state from doing the same thing to other people.

Bryan Cottingham was sent to jail for two days in 2002 because he fell behind on payments on his child support. The freelance television producer was earning seventy-five thousand dollars a year in the 1990s and had been paying child support based on the salary that he was earning.

However, due to problems with the business his income dropped dramatically, and he had to alter the payments he was making. As a result of the eighty percent drop in his income he found himself owing thirty-seven thousand dollars in back child support and almost the same amount in alimony.

However, the Tennessee Supreme Court rules that it could not be proven that Cottingham had the money but simply did not want to pay, and he now plans to recover damages from the state with his lawsuit.


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