Dennis Rodman accused of owing $800,000 in child support
Former professional baseball player Dennis Rodman has been sentenced to 104 hours of community service for allegedly failing to pay child support. He will also serve three years of ‘informal probation,’ conditioned on his continued payment of child and spousal support during that time.
Rodman could be facing additional penalties, however, when the remaining contempt charges against him go to court later this month. In those allegations, his ex-wife is claiming that Rodman owes her more than $800,000 in child support and alimony arrears. Rodman says that the amount he owes her is not as large as she claims.
Rodman and his ex-wife were married in 2003. She filed for divorce the following year. They have two children together, who are now 10 and 11 years old.
Since their divorce, the couple has been in and out of family court, arguing over child and spousal support and other issues. The four contempt charges for which Rodman was sentenced to community service date back to 2009 and 2010 and a period of time in which Rodman’s child support obligation was $50,000 per month. To compare, he now pays $4,500 per month in both child and spousal support.
The former NBA star is said to be facing some money problems, with his financial adviser telling the media that he owes significant back taxes. However, he is reportedly current on his support obligations. It remains to be seen whether he will be ordered to make additional payments to satisfy his alleged child support and alimony arrears.
Source: ABC, “Dennis Rodman Sentenced in Child Support Case,” Amy Taxin, May 29, 2012