Apparently Dennis Rodman is better at playing basketball than paying the child support he was ordered to pay for his two children. The athlete was recently sentenced to community service because he consistently failed to pay child support. Of course, healso has been ordered to pay the amount he has owed for years.
The amount, however, has changed over time. Originally, he was ordered to pay $50,000 per month to help his ex-wife raise their two children. He did not pay any of it, likely because he did not think he owed that much. In addition to child support, Dennis Rodman was reportedly expected to also pay spousal support to his wife.
The amount he owed for child support finally changed to $4500 per month, and he is considered current on those payments. But he still supposedly owes back pay over $800,000. It is not known if Rodman can even afford this amount right now since sources say he is not making what he used to. He also supposedly owes back taxes. But he claims he is okay financially, and is now working to pay the amount he owes for child support. It is not known how much spousal support he owes, but he has been ordered to become current on that, too.
Rodman and his former wife have been battling issues including child support and custody since the divorce. The recent ruling only addresses some of the details of the case since the amount he owes for back child support still needs to be worked out. He was charged with four counts of contempt of court when he failed to pay child support, and for Rodman, this comes with 104 hours of community service. He will also be on probation for three years, which means he needs to continue paying child support and alimony if he wants to avoid getting into trouble with the law.
Not everyone gets the same punishment as Rodman did when charged with contempt of court for failing to pay child support. It all depends on the details of the case, as well as the expertise of the lawyers involved. If you are having trouble getting the child support or alimony owed by your ex, you need an experienced divorce lawyer who can represent you. The ultimate goal is to make sure your ex is ordered to start paying immediately, with the threat of harsh penalties if he or she refuses.
You also need a lawyer if you have been ordered to pay an amount you cannot afford or that you do not feel is fair. Rodman apparently did not feel the $50,000 per month figure was fair, so he simply did not pay it, resulting in the charges he now faces. Instead of following his example, you need to secure a divorce lawyer when you want to fight the amount of child support you owe. Brian D. Perskin & Associates P.C. offers the experience you need to get the results you desire, so contact us today.