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Terrell Owens announces he cant afford child support payments

Child support payments are often levied against fathers following a split, but the amount of money that is requested may sometimes not be near what the man is able to pay due to their current employment situation.

Terrell Owens, a former NFL star wide receiver, could be one of these fathers, as he has asked a judge to lower the amount that he is currently paying, a prominent gossip publication reported.

Owens, who is currently not on an NFL roster, wants to reduce the payments due to the fact that he is not receiving a paycheck. A representative for the former star told the news source that he is simply asking for a reasonable adjustment.

“His child support payments should mirror his income today and not be based on his income from over four years ago,” the representative told the news provider.

CBS Sports reported that the former NFL star missed a child support modification hearing due to his efforts to get onto a team, and the lawyers for the child’s mother have refused to reschedule.

Ex-NFL player argues wife lied during alimony negotiations

Bob Simms, a former linebacker in the National Football League, has entered a new arena to battle his ex-wife in a fraud lawsuit, The Associated Press reports.

Simms, who played for the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1960s, filed a lawsuit against his ex-spouse Donna Simms claiming that the woman and her lawyers did not disclose an inheritance worth more than $350,000 when alimony settlements took place during their divorce.

The case will soon be heard by the Connecticut Supreme Court, although the news source reports that a date has not been set for the hearing.

While Donna Simms’ attorneys could not be reached for comment regarding the newest chapter in this divorce case, one of her lawyers told the AP in June that “this was an extraordinarily bitter case that’s been going on since 1979.”

The June case, heard at the Appellate Court, ruled 2-1 that Simms could not sue the lawyers because of their absolute immunity from civil lawsuits, according to the news source.

Bob Simms, a graduate of Rutgers University, played in the NFL for three seasons, from 1960 to 1962. He is 73 years old and currently lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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.

Bush parents divorce complicates trophy return

Professional football player Reggie Bush is facing an obstacle in returning his 2005 Heisman Trophy: his parents’ divorce.

Denise Griffin, the mother of the New Orleans Saints player, filed for a divorce from her longtime husband Lamar Griffin this month after separating in 2010. Griffin, who is Bush’s stepfather and is credited with helping his stepson pursue his football career, is reportedly in possession of Bush’s 2005 Heisman trophy, according to The San Diego Tribune.

Bush was ordered to return the trophy, which he received while playing college football at the University of Southern California, after being found ineligible for the award due to multiple NCAA violations involving him and his family. For example, an investigation found that Bush’s parents lived rent-free in a Spring Valley home between 2005 and 2006 due to a business deal Lamar Griffin had made with a family friend and potential investor about a sports marketing agency featuring Bush as its star client. The NCAA determined the arrangement violated their rules of amateurism, leading to penalties for both Bush and USC.

The family loaned Bush’s Heisman Trophy to the San Diego Hall of Champions in March, which was retrieved by Lamar Griffin earlier this month. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that neither Lamar Griffin nor Bush returned phone calls regarding whether the trophy was being returned.

Denise and Lamar Griffin were married in 1989 and were both a visible presence during Bush’s rise from college to professional football stardom, according to multiple reports.

Athletes seek alimony child support modification

Many athletes in the National Football League and the National Basketball Association may seek child support modification if their respective leagues experience a work stoppage.

Bloomberg News reports that many NFL and NBA players are trying to have their child support and alimony payments modified in the case that they see their incomes lowered.

Frank Brickowski, a former NBA player who is a regional director with the league’s Players Association, said that child support and alimony are issues that affect about 80 percent of the men in the league. Dealing with such issues during a potential work stoppage was covered in a lockout survival guide given to players, according to the news source.

Joseph Cordell, a prominent divorce attorney, said that men who see their incomes drop would need to file for child support and alimony modification.

“Men in the NFL are in a risky industry, which makes it difficult to afford their child support or alimony payments,” Cordell said. “To ensure they don’t fall behind they have to file for a modification.”

The NFL will resume talks with its players regarding the lockout on June 7, according to BusinessWeek.