Miami Heat forward, Chris Bosh seeks primary custody of daughter

Recently, many basketball fans participated in the Miami Heat championship celebration, and some may have seen Miami Heat star, Chris Bosh hold up the NBA championship trophy atop a double decker bus. Despite all the jubilation, what most fans may not know is that Chris Bosh is embroiled in a child custody battle with his ex-girlfriend.

According to reports, Bosh recently filed court documents in hopes of getting primary custody of his 4-year-old daughter. In his filings, the NBA star has accused his ex-girlfriend of parental alienation. He claims that she is preventing him from having meaningful contact with his daughter, has disallowed her to travel with him, and has spoken to her negatively about him. However, he notes that he is willing to work on a visitation schedule which would grant his ex-girlfriend significant time with the child.

Currently, his ex-girlfriend has custody of the 4-year-old, and receives child support in the amount of $2,600 per month from Bosh. However, she recently filed child support modification papers to increase the child support payments to $30,000 per month.

Typically, the non-custodial parent is ordered to pay the custodial parent child support. Further, child support guidelines vary from one state to another. For instance, in Florida, the amount of child support is based on the number of overnights the child spends with each parent. Thus, based on this information, the support payments may increase, decrease or be eliminated. In the case of Chris Bosh, he stated being a Texas native, but recently noted that Miami was his home. Once Bosh's residency is established, Florida child support guidelines may apply to him.

Even though Bosh has filed legal papers to get primary custody of his daughter, in general, child custody modifications are difficult, and the court considers the best interest of the child, household stability and the like. The burden of proof to justify a change in custody is very high.

For any parents embroiled in a child custody and support battle, navigating the law may be difficult. It is important to keep the best interest of the child in mind throughout the process, and do the utmost to reach a solution where both parents can be a part of their child's life.

Source: Sports World News, "Chris Bosh Child Custody: Miami Star Sues For Right To Raise Daughter," Glenn Minnis, June 24, 2013

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