Former football star struggling to pay child support

Sports stars are known for their multi-million dollar contracts, expensive vehicles and glamorous lifestyles. But professional athletes are not immune from the marital and financial troubles that affect every day people.

Former Baltimore Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister has found that, after squandering much of his income from his profitable NFL career, he can now no longer afford to pay child support. In addition, he is unable to support himself and is currently living in his parent’s home, NBC Sports reports.

McAlister was drafted as the 10th pick overall in 1999 and signed a seven-year, $55 million contract extension with the Ravens in 2004 before being released five years later.

Despite his financial hardship, McAlister is still expected to pay $11,000 per month in child support to his ex-wife. As a result, McAlister is asking the court to lower his payments.

According to New Jersey Child Support, these payments can be changed when the financial situation of the non-custodial parent changes, but the process is similar to the one that resulted in the child support order. Whoever wishes to alter the child support payments must prove that there has been a major financial change that is out of one’s control, however.