Former heavyweight boxing champ Evander Holyfield has joined Dennis Rodman in the (alleged) deadbeat dad club.
Holyfield owes the mother of his 18-year-old daughter, Emani, $372,097 in back child support, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Now, the Georgia Department of Human Services is trying to get Holyfield to cough up the dough by taking him to court.
According to TMZ, Holyfield hasn't paid child support for his daughter since April 2010. The Department of Human Services is reportedly requesting that Holyfield be jailed and his wages garnished until the back child support is paid off.
In 2000, a California state appeals panel ordered Holyfield to pay Emani's mother $19,270 a month in child support. Holyfield has 12 children, including Emani, by six women. That could get expensive. According to an Atlanta Magazine article, as of last year, Holyfield owed around $500,000 total in back child support.
Parents stuck with a deadbeat ex-spouse aren't without recourse. Under The Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984, district attorneys have the power to help parents or guardians collect child support from parents who've fallen behind on their payments.
Courts have several means at their disposal to collect the back child support. They could seize the parent's property, garnish the parent's wages, take the parent's tax refund, or even suspend the parent's professional license.
Evander Holyfield made more than $230 million during his time as a professional boxer. However, he's hit hard times in recent years and has faced child support suits in Georgia, Texas, and California.
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