What happens when someone falls far behind on paying child support or spousal support?
Much depends on the individual case, of course. Sometimes failure to pay involves hiding assets. Determined forensic accounting can often uncover money and other property in those cases.
Other times, however, it can be less clear whether the person ordered to make support payments actually has the money to pay them.
This may be the case with former Detroit Pistons player Dennis Rodman. Oakland County child support lawyers are following with interest the attempt by one of his ex-wives to get Rodman to pay substantial sums of unpaid support.
Dennis Rodman reportedly owes Michelle Rodman, one of his ex-wives, over $800,000 in back child support, as well as more than $50,000 in spousal support. The couple's two children are ages 10 and 9.
Dennis Rodman is facing a possible 20 days in jail for failure to pay.
Dennis Rodman argues, however, that there are valid reasons why he has been unable make the support payments. Linnea Willis, an attorney speaking on his behalf, asserts that Dennis Rodman has health problems. She said she is representing him pro bono and that Rodman barely has enough money for his own living expenses.
One of the complicating factors in the case is that Dennis Rodman also has sizable child support payments for a child from a previous relationship.
Michelle Rodman was Dennis Rodman's third wife. One of his previous marriages, to the actress Carmen Electra, lasted only nine days.
Source: "Dennis Rodman 'broke,' 'extremely sick,' his attorney says," Los Angeles Times, 3-27-2012