Child support woes continue for former Cowboy Terrell Owens

Embattled former NFL star wide receiver Terrell Owens is once again at the epicenter of a legal controversy surrounding his failure to pay child support.

Melanie Paige-Smith, the mother of Owens’ daughter, has once again filed a contempt of court petition in Fulton County, Georgia. Specifically, she is seeking to have Owens either put behind bars or fined for failing to pay her $20,000 in child support for December, January, February, and March.

“We remain hopeful that [Owens] will choose to resume supporting his daughter, but neither we nor our client have had any indication from him since last year as to when and if he will ever provide another penny in support,” said Randall Kessler, Paige-Smith’s attorney.

This past summer, Owens was sued by Paige-Smith for failing to pay the full amount of child support.

Here, Owens claimed that his child support arrears could be attributed to financial issues caused by the NFL labor strike and asked the family court judge to lower his child support payment to $2,500.

The family court judge ultimately refused this request, and Owens ended up paying Paige-Smith $10,000 in child support for June and July, as well as court costs and attorney fees.

Owens has played for multiple teams since entering the NFL in 1996, including the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, and Cincinnati Bengals. He sat out this past season when the Bengals declined to renew his $2 million contract.

Owens is currently playing as a wide receiver for the Indoor Football League’s Dallas- area based Allen Wranglers. He is a 50 percent owner of the team and could earn up to $500,000 this year based on the terms of his contract.

Interestingly, a recent article in GQ indicated that Owens has four children by four different women and must pay $44,600 a month in total child support.

Stay tuned for more from our Ft. Worth family law blog …

To learn more about child support arrears or post-divorce issues, contact an experienced and skilled legal professional.

This post is for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Mom of Terrell Owens’ child says T.O. is $20,000 past due” March 2, 2012