Former football star in hot water over child support payments

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Many football fans in Orlando known the name Andre Rison; if not for his plaudits on the field, then for his eventful life off of it. Rison was a star wide receiver in the National Football League for a number of teams. He was also involved in one of the more remarkable off-field moments in recent football history: in 1994, Rison was in a dispute with his girlfriend, the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. Lopes burned some of his possessions during the dispute, which resulted in his home being destroyed.

Rison is in the news again, after he failed to pay more than $330,000 in child support, which was agreed to in court. Rison narrowly avoided prison, instead suffering a year-long extension of his five-year probation, and being reordered to pay the back child support.

This story is a reminder that failing to pay your child support is very serious. Not only could it hurt you in a variety of ways (wage garnishment, jail time and many other penalties are possible), but ultimately, it also hurts your child. Those support payments are meant to pay for things that your child will need to grow and develop.

However, there are many cases where the paying spouse experiences a dramatic change in his or her life circumstances, necessitating a change in the support plan. In order to earn a modification to your divorce agreement or your child support payments, you’ll need to consult an experienced family law attorney to help you build your case.

Source: MLive.com, “Andre Rison dodges prison sentence after more failed child support payments,” Ross Maghielse, Aug. 16, 2013