Baseball player faces Florida paternity and child support case

Family law resources can help couples with paternity and child support concerns. Baseball player Miguel Cabrera is facing a paternity and child support suit in Florida. A 35-year old woman recently filed a child support suit in Florida. Cabrera is married with 3 children and has requested paternity tests for the two children he is currently paying child support for under the Florida child support order. The 34-year old baseball player has earned $216 million during his baseball career. He is guaranteed another $184 million under his current contract that runs through 2023.

The suit brought by the woman in Florida alleges that Cabrera cut back on child support payments after helping her purchase a home worth $1 million. Cabrera currently pays greater than $6,200 a month in child support. According to the woman's representative, under Florida child support guidelines, Cabrera's salary after taxes could mean he pays greater than $100,000 a month in child support. The woman is also seeking medical expenses and other expenses to be paid by Cabrera.

Currently, the case will proceed to mediation. Paternity, child support and child custody issues are closely connected. As a result, the family law system provides resources to help parents and families determine paternity, establish or modify child support orders or establish or modify child custody and visitation agreements. Though these issues can be contentious, the family law process in Florida provides important resources for couples and families including mediation.

It is helpful for parents to be familiar with the resources available to help them resolve paternity and child support concerns. The more parents are familiar with the process, the better the family law system can help them resolve their concerns for the benefit of their children.

Source: Yahoo Sports, "Miguel Cabrera facing potentially costly paternity suit in Florida," Mark Townsend, Oct. 15, 2017

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