Even though he hasn’t touched a basketball in years, Dennis Rodman still manages to keep his name in the news. He has been ordered by the courts to pay $500,000 in back child support and has been found in contempt of court. He has been sentenced to informal probation but could face jail time if he does not pay the ordered amount.
An attorney for Rodman’s ex-wife Michelle Rodman first argued that he was behind $850,000 but Rodman’s attorney Linnea Willis challenged that amount. The two sides met outside of court and were able to agree upon $500,000.
According to his attorney Rodman was found in contempt of court because of previous underpayments. Linnea Willis said that the judge gave Rodman no jail time or community service and had praised Rodman for his previous community service with this case.
Willis said she would seek to have the $500,000 payment order overturned because Rodman was not present in court to challenge the initial order and his previous attorneys missed a deadline to have it set aside. In November of 2010 he was not present at hearing and was ordered to pay more in his child support and he was not served the documents showing that he had to pay more, Willis went on to explain that is why is was under paying.
Unfortunately for Rodman he is very familiar with being found in contempt of court, in May he was ordered to perform 104 hours of community service after he was found guilty of four counts of contempt for failure to pay child support for 2009 and 2010.
All of this trouble began for Rodman when his now ex-wife filed for divorce in 2004. A trial date has also been set for January 4th to determine custodial arrangements for their pre teen son and daughter.