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Dennis Rodman ordered to pay $500,000 in back child support

Florida parents, who have gone through or are currently attempting to collect child support, understand the complexities and frustrations the process can cause. Whether payments are late or never come at all, it can place a hefty financial burden on the custodial parent.

Recently, former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman was found to be in contempt of court, and was ordered to pay his ex-wife $500,000 in back child support payments. As a result of the missed payments, Rodman was sentenced to informal probation. If Rodman fails to make the payments, he could potentially face jail time.

The contempt of court finding came as a result of Rodman paying too little, which Rodman alleges was due to not being properly served with documents. However, this is not the first time Rodman has been found in contempt of court. He was previously found guilty on four other counts of failure to pay child support in 2009 and 2010.

When a court orders a parent to pay child support, it does not always mean the parent will pay. Many times, payments are missed or altogether neglected. This nonpayment results in a heavy financial burden placed on the custodial parent. Nonetheless, there are numerous ways that the custodial parent can attempt to collect child support.

Your district attorney has power under the Child Support Enforcement Act to assist in collecting payments from a delinquent parent who is not paying or following a court order. The district attorney can impose a number of penalties if payments are not made, including but not limited to garnishing wages, revoking driving and recreational licenses, seizing property, withholding tax returns, or a jail sentence. If the parent is served by the district attorney, and still fails to make their payments, a court can hold the parent in contempt of court, as in this case.

Missed child support payments can mean the difference between being financially stable or enduring financial hardship. Payments should be made on time and in full, and there are options to help ensure payments are collected.

Source: Huffington Post, "Dennis Rodman Child Support: Court Orders Ex-NBA Star To Pay $500,000, Says Ex-Wife's Attorney," Dec. 12, 2012

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