Being a former NFL star does not give someone the right to not pay their child support. Andre Rison recently had to appear once again in a federal court on failure to pay child support charges. Unfortunately, the wide receiver isn't a stranger to child support problems. In 2004, Rison got into legal trouble for unpaid child support and spent nearly a month in a Georgia jail.
Rison is currently a high school football coach and has been indicted in Arizona for failing to pay his child support to the tune of over $10,000. The court ordered support has allegedly been unpaid for over three years now. If he is found guilty of failure to pay the back child support, he could face up to two years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.
His fame caused him to make headlines in Georgia for the same charges and shortly after, he filed a bankruptcy. It is unclear why he filed the bankruptcy in 2007, shortly after the indictment for failing to pay over $100,000 in child support. The 44-year-old former NFL player is currently awaiting court proceedings on the Arizona indictment.
The amount of child support that a parent has to pay is often decided by a court and is based on many different variables. What is most important, however, is that the child receives the best possible care that can be provided to them and child support agreements are intended to do just that. Any parent who does not pay their child support is taking away from their child, which is against the law. Individuals who are seeking back child support or wish to draft a new agreement for support due to a change in their financial situation, may want to seek the counsel of an experienced family law attorney, as they may be able to help reach a child support agreement that best suits everyone involved.
Source: MLive, "Andre Rison's child support hearing in Arizona delayed until Oct. 5," Ron Fonger, Sept. 14, 2011