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Famous athlete in legal trouble for failing to pay child support

The ex-wife of the famous Harlem Globetrotters basketball player, Meadowlark Lemon, has filed a lawsuit against him, alleging that he failed to pay child support. Missouri readers may be interested to know that the basketball player is 83 years old, and the son which he reportedly failed to financially support is now 48. The son and his mother are seeking $250,000 in missed child support payments.

Meadowlark Lemon and his ex-wife divorced in 1977. She claims that he left her with overwhelming debt and meager financial means. The lawsuit states that the basketball star never complied with the original terms of their divorce, but it is not clear what those terms required. The son claims that the mother's post-divorce financial troubles are to blame for a series of misfortunes in his own life. 

Missouri readers will note that Mr. Lemon responded to the lawsuit, suggesting that the son may be pursuing legal action against his father because he is running out of money. It appears that the ex-wife is actually pursing the legal claim on her son's behalf. Mr. Lemon has said that he does not understand the reason or motivation behind the civil claim against him. 

This bizarre case serves as an example for couples who are currently navigating child support disputes. It is vital to resolve issues as soon as possible so that they do not result in legal disputes long after the divorce is final. When a spouse has concerns about his or her financial obligations, or if a spouse is failing to pay mandated support, it is beneficial to all parties to seek a legal remedy to the situation as soon as possible. 

Source: nydailynews.com, "Harlem Globetrotters' star Meadowlark Lemon sued for $250,000 in child support", Doyle Murphy, May 17, 2015

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