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'Housewives' Sheree Whitfield Reaches Child Support Settlement

By Andrew Lu | Last updated on

Former Real Housewives of Atlanta star Sheree Whitfield has secured a $75,000 child support settlement from her ex-husband Bob Whitfield.

The drama over the child support payments has been publicly played out on the hit reality television series. In one Real Housewives episode, fellow cast member Phaedra Parks even represented Sheree Whitfield in court against her ex-husband.

Bob Whitfield was ordered to pay $81,000 in back child support. Along with the settlement amount, the former Atlanta Falcon was also ordered to pay $1,000 installments to fulfill the missed payments as well as paying Sheree $2,142 in ongoing payments, reports the Examiner.

For more than three years, Bob Whitfield failed to make monthly child support payments to his ex-wife. It's not clear why the former professional football player didn't pay, especially since he signed a $30 million contract with the Falcons in 2000, reports the Examiner. He had an unusually long career in the NFL, spanning 15 seasons.

It's interesting to note that in the child support settlement, Bob Whitfield avoided paying any penalties for his previous missed payments. The amount he was required to pay was basically the amount that he owed.

Unlike former NFL star Terrell Owens, Bob Whitfield has a much more manageable child support obligation to pay off. Earlier this summer, Owens was engaged in a child support battle where he sought to reduce the amount that he owed due to reduced earning capacity.

Owens had been ordered to pay $5,000 a month to the mother of one his four children, but had struggled to pay since leaving the NFL. Owens had reportedly earned over $80 million during his career, but owed a combined total of $44,600 in monthly child support for his four kids.

If Bob Whitfield ever finds himself feeling sorry for himself, he should consider himself lucky that he's not T.O.

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