According to Melanie Paige Smith, the mother of one of Owens’ four children, due to Owens’ new NFL contract with the Seattle Seahawks, $5,000 a month in child support payments should be more than affordable.
Last year, while the NFL wide receiver was unemployed, he had filed legal documents requesting a reduction in the amount of child support required of him; the amount he was paying was reputed to be substantial as he has four children with four different women.
Since signing on with the Seahawks, Smith has asked the court to dismiss Owens’ request for a downward adjustment of his payments. According to lawyers in the Smith camp, a reduction is not necessary as Owens’ new contract is worth $1 million and his earnings in the past five years are thought to be near $30 million.
This is not the first time Owens has landed in hot water concerning child-support payments; in September 2011 Smith sued Owens for failure to pay, but the case got settled out of court. In May of this year, the three other mothers of his children appeared on Dr. Phil, a well known television show and accused Owens of not paying or coming up short on support payments. In his defence, Owens claimed that child support payments were costing him well over $40,000 per month.
Terrell Owens has yet to comment on the current dispute with Smith concerning payments.