Deadbeat son's ex says he owes her thousands in child support for 8-year-old son

Tanya Edwards
Michael Rotundo (Photo: AP)

So-called “deadbeat son” Michael Rotundo, the 30-year-old whose parents had to take him to court to get him out of their house, owes the single mother of his son back child support, according to the New York Post.

The mom, who asked to remain anonymous, said Rotondo owes about $2,500 in child support. Until 2016, he was only required to pay $25 a month, but in October the mom filed a petition to increase the child support — which she says he fought tooth and nail. The judge sided with the mom and raised the support to $56 a week and tore into Rotondo regarding his efforts to get a job, calling them “minimal at best.”

According to court records obtained by the Post, he has paid $10,000 for a storage unit that has housed his busted 1989 Chevy Camaro for the past five years. A June 2017 filing shows that he was also paying $920 a year in car insurance for the broken-down Camaro with flat tires and a Volkswagen station wagon that didn’t run, either.

Rotundo’s expenses “completely undermined” his claim that he can’t afford to pay child support, the judge said.

During the custody case, Rotundo testified he had only applied for two jobs that year, and  “considered applying at Staples but does not think it is a good environment,” according to the judge’s filing. He also passed on attending a “parent-support program,” which would have aided his job search.

“He terrorized me,” the 33-year-old woman said of the court case, which occurred while Rotundo was living with his parents. He lost joint custody of his son in September. 

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