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'Real Housewives of Atlanta' Star Wins $75K in Child Support

The stars of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" have been involved in a lot of family law disputes lately. Former RHOA star Sheree Whitfield may finally get the child support money she's been waiting on for over three years.

Sheree claims that her ex-husband and former Atlanta Falcon Bob Whitfield hasn't coughed up child support in 38 months, according to TMZ. Now Bob has about three weeks to pay Sheree $75,000 in back child support, or else.

Sheree and Bob were married and 2000, but called it quits in 2007. The former NFL star was ordered to pay Sheree $2,142 a month in child support. However, Bob admits that he fell behind and hasn't paid support in 38 months.

He owes Sheree around $81,000 in back payments, but the former couple reached a deal in which Bob agreed to pay Sheree $75,000 before November 11. Bob will then have to pay Sheree $1,000 a month for the next 12 months. After that, his payments will revert back to the original $2,142 a month.

Considering Whitfield signed a $30 million contract with the Falcons back in 2000, it's pretty surprising he couldn't keep up with his monthly payments. At one point, Bob requested a reduction in his child support obligations. However, the court denied his request. Generally, a parent can have his child support modified if he can show that his financial circumstances have changed and paying the current amount is no longer possible.

On the other hand, parents stuck with a deadbeat ex-spouse aren't without recourse. Courts have several means at their disposal to collect the back child support. They can seize a parent's property, garnish a parent's wages, take a parent's tax refund, or even suspend a parent's professional license.

If all else fails, the court can hold Bob in criminal contempt of court and impose a jail term. Criminal contempt orders are rare, however, since a parent who's in jail would have a hard time earning money to pay off the child support debt.

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