If there is one thing that parents learned through the last recession, it is that financial situations can change drastically. When this occurs, child support obligations may need to be amended to fit the new economic reality. Indeed, an obligor parent may still make a decent living, but he or she would want to do everything possible to avoid support arrears.
Such was the case with former Chicago Bulls power forward Dennis Rodman who was recently ordered to pay $500,000 in back child support to his ex-wife. According to an ESPN.com report, was recently held in contempt of court for not making proper support payments. He was reportedly $850,000 in arrears and faced jail time for non-payment.
Rodman claimed that he had been making payments according to the previous support decree, and in accord to his current salary. Rodman had not played in the NBA since the 1999-2000 season.
$500,000 in back support (or even $25,000 for people with normal incomes) would be a substantial burden. It is important for people in these situations to understand that severe legal (and financial) consequences will follow if the problem goes unaddressed. Rodman had a clever and diligent attorney who was able to challenge the initial support amount and negotiate a settlement to spare his client jail time and additional fees.
If you (or a loved one) is having trouble meeting support obligations, a number of options are available. An experienced family law attorney can help.
Source: ESPN.com, Dennis Rodman found in contempt of court, must pay $500k in child support, December 7, 2012
Rodman’s child support an important lesson in arrears