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Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Child Support Case

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman was recently ordered to pay $500,000 he owes in child support to his ex-wife.  He was also found to be in contempt of court.  Orange County (CA) Superior Court Commissioner Barry Michaelson warned him he could face "serious jail time" if he refuses to pay up.  His ex-wife claims he actually owes $850,000.

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Rodman's plight is typical of former professional sports stars. During their playing days, the pros make BIG money and their monthly child support is calculated based on the BIG money income.

Once their playing days are through though, the BIG money ceases and the endorsement deals dry up. In that case, guys like Rodman and Terrell Owens wind up owing BIG child support even though their income is significantly lower.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Attorney | Jan 17, 2013 9:44:01 AM

What a sticky situation. I know someone looking for a lawyer in Calgary do take care of a similar situation, but obviously not to the extent of Dennis Rodman's trouble. Thanks for this post.

Posted by: Steve Lockwood | Jan 17, 2013 10:51:11 AM

Thank you for posting this information on family lawyers in child support cases. My friend is looking for a good lawyer, do you know where I can find one? Thank you for your help!

Posted by: dorthypacker | Jan 17, 2013 1:51:02 PM

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