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Woman sues Miguel Cabrera for more child support

Texas baseball fans might be interested in learning that Detroit Tiger star Miguel Cabrera has been sued by a woman in Florida for reportedly reducing child support payments he has been paying to her. Cabrera has been married since 2002 and has three children with his wife.

The Florida woman alleges that Cabrera fathered two children with her in 2013 and 2015. He has reportedly been paying child support to her since 2013. Earlier this year, Cabrera helped her to purchase a home in Florida for which she took out a $924,774 mortgage. After he helped her to buy the home, Cabrera then reduced the amount he was paying to her in child support to $6,400 per month.

The woman is claiming that the child support she is receiving is far too little to pay for all of her children's expenses. Cabrera's attorneys have countered that the woman only listed $6,400 in expenses for her children in her financial affidavit. However, Florida's child support guidelines state that people who earn more than $10,000 per month should be ordered to pay 7.5 percent of their incomes in child support. Since Cabrera currently makes $30 million, that would mean that she should receive $2,250,000 per year. Cabrera is asking for a deviation from the guidelines and for paternity testing.

Courts order child support because both parents should share responsibility for supporting their children. When parents fail to pay enough child support, the custodial parents may file motions with the court to try to secure higher amounts. Family law attorneys may help by drafting and filing the petitions in court and advocating on behalf of their clients.

Source: Deadspin, "Orlando woman sues Miguel Cabrera over reduced child support payments", Patrick Redford, Oct. 16, 2017

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