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Former football player in trouble over back child support

Tennessee football fans may remember Robert Meachem for his days playing with the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers. The former NFL player is now in the spotlight for reportedly failing to pay roughly $400,000 in child support and alimony to his ex-wife. Meachem missed a court hearing on Nov. 28, and the judge overseeing the hearing said that the former wide receiver should be held in contempt of court.

Meachem and his wife separated in 2014 with the divorce being finalized in 2015. They have two children together who they share custody of. In the summer of 2015, records show that Meachem did not oppose a recommendation that he pay his ex-wife $20,000 a month for support owed since July 2014. It was further recommended that he pay $8,667 in support for June 2014. That would equal $588,667 in support owed during that time span, of which $200,648 has been paid.

Meachem may be able to avoid a contempt of court charge if he pays the remaining $388,019 by Dec. 20. He may also face contempt of court charges for failing to produce a woman who was said to be his manager for a deposition. Any decision to hold Meachem in contempt is considered to be provisional until a court hearing scheduled for Dec. 21.

Child support is a tool often used to help meet the best interests of the child after a divorce. Failing to pay support may result in serious consequences such as jail time or wage garnishment. An attorney may be able to help an individual who is behind on payments work toward catching up on those payments and avoiding those or other penalties. In some cases, a modification of a current support order may be allowed.

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