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Terrell Owens gets current on child support

Just two weeks after being accused of not being current on his child support, free agent Terrell Owens has paid all of the money that was owed. Now his attorney is requesting that the mother of his child - Melanie Paige Smith - drop the request that was filed to hold Owens in contempt of court for failing to stick to his portion of the court-ordered child support agreement.

According to a USA Today article that was published after Owens, 37, failed to pay, the football star had previously agreed in May of 2007 to paying $5,000 a month in child support to Smith. However, after failing to send the full amount in June, the mother of his child asked the court to hold him in contempt.

She also claimed that he never discussed a reduction with her or even her lawyer, and instead just sent a reduced amount for the month of June.

At this point a formal request has been filed by Owens' lawyer to have the contempt request denied; however, the most recent USA Today article does not mention the status of that request.

Of course in this situation we're talking about a man who reportedly earned more than $2 million in 2010. However, for the average father there are sometimes legitimate reasons that a father cannot pay his court-ordered child support. But, it's important to keep in mind that instead of just not paying - or not making the full payment - it's best to look into if there is some kind of modification that could reduce those monthly payments, without risking being in contempt of court.

Source: USA Today, "WR Terrell Owens pays child support in full," Nate Davis, 11 July 2011

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