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NBA player may face jail time for child and spousal support

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Many Illinois NBA fans would probably regard Dennis Rodman as one of the greatest rebounding and defensive basketball players of all time. The star NBA player won three NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls in the late 1990s. In recent news, Rodman could face 20 days in jail for unpaid spousal and child support. According to sources, he may be held in contempt of court unless he gives $860,376 to his ex-wife by the end of May.

The problems began when Michelle Rodman, Rodman's third wife, initiated divorce in 2004. While the couple spent several years trying to mend their relationship, the marriage officially ended a few weeks ago.

The athlete's representatives say that the former basketball player battles alcoholism, which is affecting his financial stability and ability to meet his legal obligations. According to his financial advisor, "This case, especially his wife filling for divorce, has put him on a binge that I have never seen before." Currently, Rodman is unemployed, and he owes somewhere around $350,000 in back taxes.

When you are required to pay monthly support, even minor life changes can make a difference. For example, if you have lost your job, your monthly child support responsibility can become overwhelming. Fortunately, when a person can demonstrate a significant change in circumstances, a court may approve modifications for child support contributions.

On the other hand, many people believe that child support obligations are frequently reviewed and are adjusted as needed. If your financial situation changes and you need to alter your payment obligations, you must take the initiative in order for the court to conduct a review.

As a result, if you are in a situation like Rodman and feel flooded in your ability to execute your child support payments, you may want to look into your various legal possibilities. With a little assistance, you may have the ability to make your legal responsibilities accurately reflect your current financial situation.

Source: PIX 11, "Dennis Rodman could face jail over child and spousal support," Lauren Williams and Mike Anton, March 28, 2012

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