People in Mississippi who follow the lives of the rich and famous often get a false impression of what life is really like for them. Even those who have achieved success often have struggles in their personal lives. For example, a man famous for his antics as a Harlem Globetrotter is now embroiled in a child support case involving his ex-wife and 48-year-old son.
According to reports, Lemon, now 83, had been married to his first wife for 22 years when they divorced. The couple had four children together, and his ex-wife claims he was ordered to pay $2,500 each month in child support. While she did not receive spousal support, she did keep the family home, but she claims that she soon realized that Lemon had mortgaged the house. Working only part time, she claims that she eventually lost the house. Adding to her burden, she claims Lemon stopped making child support payments a year after their divorce.
Lemon expresses confusion over the litigation. After leaving the Harlem Globetrotters to start a team of his own, he says he was unable to make the payments. He eventually remarried and had six more children. Unfortunately, his son who is included in the lawsuit claims that because of the lack of financial support from his father, he failed to graduate from high school and was ultimately convicted of felony charges.
As many people in Mississippi know, family dynamics are often complicated. When there are children involved, it is important to ensure their mental and physical well-being. If a person does struggle with court-ordered child support payments, addressing these issues with the court could prevent hurt and bitterness that could still be present years into the future.
Source: ctpost.com, "Meadowlark Lemon: Clown prince to deadbeat dad", Daniel Tepfer, May 16, 2015