Terrell Owens Child Support Case Remains Open Despite Payment

July 19, 2012 By:
Terrell Owens Child Support Case Remains Open Despite Payment

Terrell Owens used his NFL skills – running, jumping and diving - to get to the Fulton County courthouse on time and settle his child support case.

Owens owed a solid $20,000 to Melanie Smith, the mother of Owen’s seven-year-old daughter. A prior agreement required Owens to pay $5,000 a month. The tab is for missed payments racking up over time.

Smith's attorney Randy Kessler tells Hollyscoop of the settlement, "While it is unfortunate that it again required court action to get the child support payments resumed, we are glad the amounts have been paid and our client remains hopeful that further court involvement will not be needed and more importantly, that a better, more consistent relationship for her daughter and her daughter's father can develop."

According to court documents obtained by Hollyscoop, in addition to the $20,000 owed to Smith, T.O. shall contribute $12,000 to Smith's attorney's fees and expenses at a rate of $2,000 a month beginning September 1, 2012. If he's late on any of these payments, "the full remaining balance shall be immediately due and enforceable as a judgment and by contempt..."

In addition, the Order On Contempt states that because of T.O.'s history of not timely paying Smith causing her to continually file contempt actions, "this Order shall serve as a temporary order and this case shall remain open until further order of this court."

I think it's safe to say, T.O. better stay on top of his payments.

After missing his child support court date earlier this month, T.O. made it to court today just in the nick of time but if he was a no show completely, he could have faced jail time.

From the wide receiver’s point of view, he was not aware of the previous court date being scheduled.

“Unfortunately, Terrell Owens was never informed by his attorney that he was due in court last week in Georgia regarding his current child support case," his publicist, Diana Bianchini, said in a statement to the NFL.

The reason he hadn’t paid his child support is because he’s broke, plain and simple…

“He regrets that he is no longer able to pay child support based upon his previous NFL income,” Bianchini continued. “He hopes to be signed to an NFL team in the future. Mr. Owens has always made his child support payments his top priority."

After ten minutes of twiddling thumbs, a court date was rescheduled for today.