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Terrell Owens' Seahawks Deal May Impact His Child Support

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By Andrew Lu on August 16, 2012 10:39 AM

Terrell Owens' new Seattle Seahawks deal could affect his ongoing child support battle.

The diva wide receiver got what he wanted with another shot in the NFL when he signed the deal with the Seahawks. However, Owens may have got more than he bargained for, as he could now be on the hook for the full amount of child support payment that he owes.

When unemployed, T.O. asked a court to reduce his $5,000 monthly child support payments to the mother of one of his four children, reports The Atlanta Journal Constitution. But after signing the $1 million deal, Owens may have sidelined his chances of winning that argument.

Terrell Owens has struggled to pay child support for his four children, ages 5 to 12, reports the AJC. Despite earning about $80 million over his 14-year pro career, Owens claims to be broke. A big reason may be that the surefire Hall of Fame wide receiver is supposed to pay a combined total of $44,600 in monthly child support for his four kids.

Without a job, and apparently having squandered his money, Owens sought to reduce his child support payments to Melanie Smith earlier this year. Generally, a parent who owes child support can seek to modify the support order with a showing of a change in circumstances.

However, Owens may have just become a millionaire again by signing the one-year deal with the Seahawks. Because that's also a change in circumstances, Melanie Smith's lawyer now plans to move for dismissal of Terrell Owens' child-support reduction request, the AJC reports. We'll have to wait and see how this dispute plays out in court.

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