Dennis Rodman's ex-wife is suing him for owing her over $860,000 in past-due child and spousal support. Rodman's attorney said he has made some payments and that he will fight to overturn the contempt of court finding from last November's court appearance for not paying his child support. He appeared in court this week for his sentencing hearing in the matter; however his sentencing was postponed until late may.
Mr. Rodman's attorney said the NBA star owes much less than his ex-wife is claiming, if he owes anything at all. They will file a motion to vacate the contempt filing because, she says, it has not even been determined that he is behind and she will provide evidence to the family court judge of his payments.
The case is being heard in the Orange County California court as Mr. Rodman lived there for more than ten years prior to moving to Florida. Back in 2010 he was ordered to pay $50,000 per month in support, which had been later reduced to $4,500 per month. The contempt of court finding was based on the larger figure, which Rodman's attorney has disputed as unrealistic.
Determining child support and spousal support agreements during a divorce proceeding is often one of the most contested aspects of the divorce process, even for the average non-celebrity couple. And sometimes enforcing those agreements can be a difficult and require representation of an experienced family law attorney.
Circumstances change for many parents, which may require a modification to an existing agreement, like in Dennis Rodman's case, and gain that is where an experienced child support attorney can help you by explaining the required conditions for a court to consider modifying an existing agreement.
Court documents state that the NBA Hall of Famer is broke, however his attorney later said he makes more than $100,000 per year for appearances. Clearly he is not earning the same amount he did as a player; however he is not doing too badly for being retired. Rodman has a third child in which he pays support to as well.
Source: Houston Chronicle, "Dennis Rodman back in court over child support," Mar. 28, 2012