Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been held in contempt of court for failing to pay his substantial child support bill, TMZ reports.
Rodman reportedly owes $808,935 in unpaid child support for his 9- and 10-year-old children. In addition, he owes $51,441 in unpaid spousal support. According to the hall of famer, he doesn’t have the cash to pay it.
Michelle Rodman has made countless demands that Rodman pay the child and spousal support, but Rodman contends that he can’t pay it because he’s broke. According to Michelle, Rodman hasn’t made his $50,000-a-month child support payments since 2010.
Parents, like Michelle Rodman, who are stuck with a deadbeat ex-spouse aren’t completely out of luck when it comes to unpaid child support. The Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984 grants district attorneys the power to help parents or guardians collect child support from a parent who’s failed to pay in accordance with a court order. Generally, the district attorney serves the parent with papers requesting that they set up a payment arrangement.
If the parent fails to respond, he could receive jail time. District Attorneys have several means at their disposal to ensure that child support is paid, including withholding the parent’s tax refunds, garnishing the parent’s wages, seizing the parent’s property, suspending the parent’s professional license, and revoking the parent’s driver’s license.
As a result of the contempt order, Dennis Rodman will be on probation for 3 years and must complete 104 hours of community service. He’s also required to somehow pay off his staggering child support and alimony bills.
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