A judge has held boxing legend Evander Holyfield in contempt for failing to pay $560,000 in child support. To avoid further criminal charges he will have to make monthly payments of $3,950. He has already made an initial payment of $17,700, and the family law court will require at least a portion of future payments to be garnished out of his income.
It is unclear from news reports how much he owes to who, as he has over twelve minor children by over half-a-dozen different women. Holyfield, who became a household name after Mike Tyson bit his ear off during a fighting bout, has been divorced four times since 1999. A previous action sought to recover nearly $375,000 in child support for his 18-month-old daughter. Most, if not all of that amount is included in this dispute.
Child support is a legal obligation to maintain a child’s welfare, and as such the government takes enforcement very seriously. For example, garnishment of wages for child support purposes may not even require a court order (although the court here has issued such an order concerning Holyfield’s income).
In Illinois, child support is calculated as a percentage of the non-custodial parent’s income. The percentage amount depends on the number of children the parent is responsible for supporting. For example, state law requires that non-custodial parents pay 20 percent of their income where there is only 1 dependent child. A parent with 5 or more dependent children has to pay 45 percent of their income.
This recent failure to pay child support is just the latest example of Holyfield’s financial troubles. Holyfield, who according to some reports was worth around $250 million at one point, went bankrupt in 2008.
Source: The Inquisitr, “Evander Holyfield in contempt for failure to pay child support,” Melissa Stusinski, Sept. 18, 2012