Stories of unpaid child support are fairly common. Many times when a parent has failed to pay child support, it is because he or she does not have the money or actively avoids making the payments. However, NBA superstar Dennis Rodman's unpaid child support case appears to be different.
The former NBA player reportedly owes his ex-wife $850,000 in child support, though Rodman's attorney disagrees with this amount. To solve the issue outside of court, Rodman's and his wife's legal teams settled on Rodman paying $500,000.
Rodman's attorney alleges that Rodman has been making child support payments, but did not realize he was underpaying. Apparently, Rodman was not present at a hearing several years ago in which Rodman was ordered to pay additional child support. He was reportedly not notified of the new child support order, so he continued following payments outlined in a previous child support order.
Rodman's attorney attests that Rodman has "been complying with the court orders ever since he found out the correct information." In addition, Rodman reportedly performed more than 100 hours of community service in the past for unpaid back child support.
Although this child support case involves half a million dollars and an NBA superstar, the core issue in Rodman's case could occur in any child support case. As previously mentioned, Rodman did not intentionally avoid making child support payments. His child support case resulted from a lack of communication regarding child support payments.
Other families have surely experienced communication problems during a divorce. Rodman's situation points out the importance of ensuring everyone involved in a child support case is up to date on all legal rulings. If one parent misses news of a change to a child support order, larger legal issues could develop later on.
Source: CBS Detroit, "Dennis Rodman must pay $500K in child support," Dec. 7, 2012