Many families in New Jersey rely on child support payments to fulfill basic needs. Though most people think of parents who used to be married as ones who would need child support, unwed parents also often require this type of income. Such is the case for a player for Tigers' baseball player, Miguel Cabrera, who has requested a child support modification for the payments he makes to a former mistress and mother of two of his children.
Cabrera was initially ordered to pay his ex-mistress $20,000 a month in child support to care for two children he had with her. He and his attorneys argue that the amount should be changed and could be considered palimony -- the term for payments similar to alimony that are made from one member of an unmarried couple to the other. The court has agreed to reconsider the amount.
Cabrera's ex initially asked for $100,000 a month in child support, as that is in line with her state's guidelines based on Cabrera's high salary as a professional baseball player. She filed a lawsuit in 2017 for the amount of child support she requested, exposing their affair to the public, after Cabrera cut the amount he was originally paying to her. She argues that Cabrera lowered the payments once his wife found out about their affair, in an effort to continue their marriage. His wife filed for divorce in 2017, but the two have since reconciled.
No matter how this case turns out, it can teach parents in New Jersey a great deal. Just because parents of children were never married, one parent may still need child support payments from the other to properly care for the children involved. Those who have questions about creating an agreement or those who seek a child support modification may wish to seek the advice of legal counsel. It may be the best way to ensure that their children's needs are met.