Dennis Rodman, the controversial and flamboyant former NBA star, has been held in contempt of court for failure to make child support payments in the amount of $500,000. This is the latest in a series of contempt charges by the ex-basketball player for failure to pay child support; in May, the celebrity was ordered to 104 hours of community service for failure to pay support for two years. He served his time, but Rodman now finds himself back in court for non-payment charges.
Although Rodman's ex-wife argued that he owed her $850,000, the judge has decided that Rodman is in arrears for about $500,000. Rodman is currently on informal probation, but he could be sent to jail if he doesn't pay up.
Rodman and his wife hope to work out an amicable agreement over child support and child custody prior to appearing in court for their divorce proceedings. The couple separated in 2004 and has two children, a son and a daughter.
Child support orders can be complicated and confusing, and it may benefit a spouse to have the advice of a divorce lawyer when trying to set up timely payments for court-ordered expenses such as child support. While stories of unpaid child support often focus on the parents in dispute, we often forget that the center of the issue is the children. Children who benefit from child support often rely heavily on that money for basic needs like education, food and clothing. Hopefully in this situation, Rodman will be able to find a way to pay the child support that he owes.
Source: USA Today, "Dennis Rodman ordered to pay $500K in child support," Dec. 6, 2012