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Basketball star settles child support case

Missouri residents may know who Dennis Rodman is. He was well-known throughout the country as a professional basketball player with a flair for the dramatic. But now this sports celebrity is involved not in basketball news but in a child support case.

Reportedly, Rodman faced contempt of court for failure to pay child support payments for his two children. He was ordered to pay back child support worth $500,000 to his former spouse. The former basketball player also received informal probation. Rodman was previously found guilty of four counts of failure to pay child support for the years 2009 and 2010. In that case, he was ordered to complete community service.

Rodman's attorney stated that her client wasn't present when he was ordered to pay the additional amount for child support and allegedly didn't even receive the proper documents notifying him of the changes. As a result, he failed to pay the right amount for months.

Child support is the monthly allowance typically paid by a non-custodial parent. The financial support will be utilized for raising the child and may cover the everyday expenses, medical needs and other related expenses. But when a parent fails to pay the regular financial support, that parent may face different consequences.

When a parent fails to pay child support, the custodial parent's remedies may include getting the custody arrangement modified so that the noncustodial parent loses visitation rights. In some cases, a parent may recover the financial support through court-ordered wage withholding, state child support enforcements or taxes.

Source: 14 News, "Dennis Rodman must pay $500K in child support" Dec. 7, 2012

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