Child support is paid by a non-custodial parent to help cover a child’s expenses. Because raising a child is expensive, parents whose children live with them generally depend on this support to help them cover costs for food, clothing, school supplies and other necessary expenses. When a non-custodial parent fails to pay in a timely manner, the court may get involved.
Actor Michael Madsen, who starred in two “Kill Bill” movies and “Reservoir Dogs,” is finding this out the hard way. While his child support dispute is playing out in California, the same type of argument happens all across the country.
The 53-year-old actor, currently married to Deanna Morgan, has two sons with his former wife Jeannine Bisignano. According to news reports, Michael owes approximately $570,000 in unpaid child support. He was scheduled to appear at a hearing regarding his child support and spousal support case. However, it seems he did not show up at the courthouse.
The actor was found in contempt of court for his failure to appear. The Los Angeles Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for him and set his bail at $26,000.
Michael denied that he owes the stated amount. He argued that the child support order should have been modified two years ago when he obtained legal custody of the two boys. The actor blamed inadequate representation for the fact that the court order was not changed.
Michael filed for bankruptcy relief in 2009. In his court documents, he included a $350,000 debt to his ex-wife. Michael and his attorneys insist he is attempting to settle the dispute and comply with the court’s orders.