Texas basketball fans may be interested to learn that on May 29, Horace Grant, a former NBA star who played between 1987 and 2010, was reportedly required to go back to court over the issue of child support for one of his children. The report stated that the former NBA star had entered into an agreement over child support when he was earning a $14.3 million salary.
Although Grant retired in 2004, he paid child support for his daughter, who was born in 1996, up until 2008. He also reportedly bought the mother of his child a home. In 2009, he filed a request to have his monthly child support payments lowered. A court agreed after finding that his earnings had been substantially reduced after his retirement.
The mother of Grant's child appealed the decision. In remanding the case back to the lower court, the Utah Court of Appeals agreed that the lower court had made an error in granting the modification request without considering the specific circumstances involved in the case. Even though the former NBA star had retired, it was found that Grant had substantial assets.
When a parent is ordered to pay child support, the amount is usually calculated in accordance with state guidelines. In many states, only the income of the noncustodial parent is taken into account while in others, the guidelines consider the earnings of both parents. A noncustodial parent who has been ordered to pay child support and who suffers an adverse change in financial circumstances thereafter may want to meet with a family law attorney to discuss the advisability of seeking a modification.
Source: Courthouse News Service, "Horace Grant Child Support Battle Revived", Jeff D. Gorman, May 29, 2015