​Rodman Child Support, Found In Contempt Of Court

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December 7, 2012

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Dennis Rodman has been found in contempt of court and ordered to pay $500,000 in back child support to his ex-wife, her attorney said Thursday.

The flamboyant basketball player known for his off-court antics was sentenced to informal probation, his ex-wife’s attorney, Mary Ann Noiroux, told City News Service. Orange County Superior Court Commissioner Barry Michaelson warned Rodman could face jail time if he doesn’t pay the child support, she said.

Another attorney for Rodman’s ex-wife argued in court that Rodman owed Michelle Rodman about $850,000, but Linnea Willis, the former NBA standout’s attorney, challenged that figure, Noiroux said.

The two sides met outside court and agreed to $500,000, which Michaelson approved, Noiroux said.

Willis told The Associated Press the contempt finding came from Rodman unintentionally paying too little, pointing out that the judge gave Rodman no jail time or community service, and commended him for his previous community service in the case.

Willis said in a phone interview that Rodman was not present at a November 2010 hearing where he was ordered to pay additional child support and was not properly served the documents with the new order, resulting in several months of underpayment.

“He’s been complying with the court orders ever since he found out the correct information,” Willis said.

She said she would seek to have the $500,000 payment order overturned because Rodman was not present in court to challenge the initial order and his previous attorneys missed a deadline to have it set aside.

Dennis and Michelle Rodman must still work out custody and visitation for their two pre-teen children: a son and a daughter.

A trial is set for Jan. 24 on those issues, but the two hope to work out an agreement before the court date, Noiroux said.