Celebrities are often associated with wealth in the public eye, but just because a famous figure was once thriving financially, doesn't mean that's the case anymore. When lifestyles of big spending are no longer sustainable with their current income, celebrities become vulnerable to falling into debt or behind bars.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Dennis Rodman could be headed to jail for as many as 20 days for not paying spousal and child support to his ex-wife, Michelle Rodman, according to her attorney, Jack Kayajanian.
Dennis, who fathered two children with Michelle, owed more than $800,000 in back child support and an excess of $50,000 in back spousal support on March 1, Kayajanian said in court documents.
Rodman's finance manager Peggy Williams explained to the news source that the former NBA star is a good person, but has a problem with alcoholism.
"His sickness impacts his ability to get work. This case, especially his wife filing for divorce, has put him on a binge that I have never seen before," Williams said. "He is extremely hurt and extremely sick. He is often unable to obtain work because of this sickness. And his sickness is getting increasingly worse."
Rodman's attorney, Linnea Willis said in court documents that her client has paid Michelle $13,500 this year already, despite only making $8,000 in that time.
Californians that are potentially facing jail time because they can no longer afford to pay court-mandated child or spousal support should be sure to have a qualified lawyer to represent them. Using an attorney referral service, California residents can find a lawyer that's experienced with similar cases.
Attorney Search Network is a California state Bar certified legal referral service that helps clients find an attorney for nearly any type of case, whether they require a family lawyer, bankruptcy attorney, estate planning attorney or criminal lawyer.