Child support is often part of any divorce or child custody case that involves minor children. Child support is typically paid to a custodial parent by the noncustodial parent to assist with living expenses for the child. It is ordered to be paid on a monthly basis in many cases, and there are severe consequences in Massachusetts and elsewhere for someone who willfully fails to honor his or her court-ordered obligation to pay.
Some may feel that celebrities don't get the punishment that they deserve when they disobey the law. And in many cases, this may be true. However, NBA legend and Hall of Fame member Dennis Rodman is reportedly facing consequences for allegedly not paying child support and spousal maintenance to his ex-wife, Michelle Rodman.
Massachusetts readers may be interested to know that Rodman, 50, could be facing 20 days behind bars for unpaid child support, unless he pays the child support arrears that he is said to owe, which is said to be more than $860,000.
Rodman was ordered to pay $50,000 per month in 2010, but the child support figure was reduced later to $4,500 per month. In November 2011, Rodman was found in contempt of court for violating the court's order requiring him to pay child support for his two children. Rodman's lawyer has said that the former NBA star has been making payments on child support and will be fighting to overturn the finding. The case has been postponed to May 29 for sentencing.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Dennis Rodman In Court: NBA Legend Facing Jail Over Child Support Payments," March 28, 2012