Football star,Terrell Owens, is currently $20,000 behind on child support payments for one of his children. The mother of the child filed a petition in Atlanta court requesting that Owens be fined or jailed for his failure to pay child support.
This is the latest in money troubles for Owens. Two of his homes in Dallas are in foreclosure. He tried to get his child support obligations lowered by a court last summer, blaming the NFL lockout on his inability to pay. The court refused his request. According to a January GQ article, Owens owes nearly $45K in child support every month.
After 15 seasons in the NFL where Owens became known as much for his off-the-field antics as his ability to catch, his contract with the Cincinnati Bengals was not renewed for the 2011 season. He couldn’t find an NFL team to sign him, and he signed with the Allen Wranglers of the IFL.
He can reportedly make up to $500,000 for the Wranglers, which will not cover one year of child support.
From an Orange County divorce lawyer’s perspective, I have previously blogged about one’s failure to pay child support and what happens if a Contempt action is filed against one party. It’s best to pay what you can and if you cannot afford said child support payments, immediately seek a downward modification of same.
At any rate, if you cannot afford your current child support payments, contact an Orange County divorce lawyer and we can assist you in a modification.