Baseball player embroiled in child support dispute

Baseball fans in Florida familiar with 32-year-old outfielder Carl Crawford may have heard that recently the mother of his two children filed child support increase paperwork in court. She is seeking a $10,000 increase in the monthly child support payments she currently receives.

According to reports, Crawford fathered a 9-year-old boy and a 10-month infant girl with his ex-girlfriend. In addition to these two children, Crawford recently became a new father again after his current fiancée had a son. Crawford currently makes monthly payments in the amount of $5,000 for his two children with his ex-girlfriend. However, in her child support increase paperwork, Crawford's ex-girlfriends notes that the $5,000 is not enough to care for the two children, and she is seeking a temporary increase of an additional $10,000 a month for a total monthly child support payment of $15,000.

For many parents a monthly child support payment of $15,000 may seem exorbitant. However, Crawford is known to have signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers for about $142 million. A family court judge has not ruled on the child support increase request yet.

Parents embroiled in a child support dispute may feel that they are the only ones facing such issues. However, the reality is that many people from all walks of life routinely encounter these issues. Child support is intended to help the custodial parent with raising a child or children. In all cases, the amount of month child support the non-custodial parent is required to pay depends on various factors, including but not limited to their income, medical and dental insurance needs of the child, childcare, educational expenses and the amount of time each parent spends with the child.

Where there is an increase or decrease in income, either parent can file for a child support modification to request an increase or decrease in child support. However, a court does not automatically raise or reduce child support. A formal legal request must be made. Thus, particularly, when a non-custodial parent ordered to pay child support experiences a decrease in their income, rather than not paying child support it can be important to file the appropriate paperwork with the court.

Source: Michigan Chronicle, "Carl Crawford's Baby Mama Demands Child support Increase," Jonathan Hailey, May 6, 2014

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