Many Rhode Island NBA fans would probably regard Dennis Rodman as one of the greatest rebounding and defensive basketball players of all time. In recent news, the former NBA star could face 20 days in jail for unpaid spousal and child support. According to sources, the athlete may be held in contempt of court unless he gives $860,376 to his ex-wife by the end of May.
His third wife, Michelle Rodman, initiated divorce in 2004. The couple spent several years trying to fix their relationship; however, the marriage officially ended a few weeks ago.
Rodman's representatives say that the former basketball player struggles with alcoholism, which is affecting his financial stability and ability to meet his legal obligations. According to his financial advisor, "This case, especially his wife filling for divorce, has put him on a binge that I have never seen before." Currently, Rodman is unemployed, and he owes somewhere around $350,000 in back taxes. Sources say that he has no savings.
When you are required to pay monthly support, even minor life changes can make a difference. For example, if you have lost your job or have unexpected medical costs, your monthly child support responsibility can become taxing. Fortunately, when a person can demonstrate a significant change in circumstances, the court may approve support modifications.
However, many people believe that child support obligations are automatically reviewed and are adjusted as needed. If your financial situation changes and you need to alter your payment obligations, you must take action in order for the court to conduct a review.
Therefore, if you are in a situation like Rodman and feel under water in your ability to execute your child or spousal support payments, you may want to look into your various legal possibilities. With a little work, you do have the ability to make your legal responsibilities reflect your current financial situation.
Source: PIX 11, "Dennis Rodman could face jail over child and spousal support," Lauren Williams and Mike Anton, March 28, 2012