Despite court documents from early 2012 claiming the former NBA star was broke, Dennis Rodman has been sentenced for failure to pay child support. Rodman, known for his often bizarre off-the-court antics, was found guilty of four counts of contempt for failing to pay child support in 2011. A superior court judge sentenced the 51-year-old former player to 104 hours of community service work and three years of probation. The probation is to remain informal as long as Rodman continues making alimony and child support payments.

In Virginia, non-custodial parents who repeatedly fail to make child support payments face a number of penalties. These include fines, wage deduction, suspension of driving privileges, probation and even jail time in some cases. In order to avoid such harsh sentences, Virginia residents accused of failing to pay child support should contact an experienced family law attorney to best represent their interests in court. A parent finding a support obligation difficult to manage can also seek a modification prior to facing penalties.

Rodman allegedly owes his ex-wife Michelle over $800,000 in delinquent child support and still faces additional contempt charges. His financial manager claimed the former star was broke in 2011 due to back taxes and personal problems. Although he admitted that he earns far less than in his NBA heyday, he assured the judge that he will be able to make all future support payments. "I'm making enough to keep everyone satisfied," he explained.

After the sentencing, the judge addressed Rodman directly. "My suggestion is to use your talents as a motivator, as a fine, fine athlete and as a fine person to assist others in need," he said. Rodman confirmed that he would perform all the community service required by his sentencing, suggesting that he may work with children.

Source: York Daily Record "Dennis Rodman sentenced in child support case," Rick Lee, June 8, 2012