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Ex-Bulls star Dennis Rodman has been ordered to pay back $500,000 in child support to his ex-wife, the Chicago Tribune reported on December 7. The former basketball player was sentenced to informal probation, and Orange County Superior Court Commissioner Barry Michaelson told Rodman he might be put in prison if he refuses to pay the support. Rodman’s ex-wife, Michelle Rodman, initially claimed that Rodman owed her $850,000, but after the two parties discussed the issue outside the courtroom, they finally agreed to the $500,000 payment.
The case is not finished yet. Dennis and Michelle Rodman still have to settle custody and visitation rights for their pre-teen son and daughter in a trial next year. The couple is hoping to reach an agreement before the court date, however. The legal battle between the two has gone on since 2004, when Michelle Rodman filed for divorce.
Dennis Rodman was also found in contempt of court, which is not the first time for him. The former NBA standout was ordered to perform 104 hours of community service in May after failing to pay child support in 2009 and 2010. He is working off his sentence in Florida.
Child support and spousal support matters are often the most highly contested issues in divorce cases. Therefore, it is important to ensure your child support matters are properly taken care of. A competent lawyer is invaluable in guiding and managing your divorce case. Don’t go through it alone. Contact a knowledgeable child and spousal support attorney in Illinois as soon as possible.