Miguel Cabrera has been a household name for baseball lovers since his debut in 2003. Like many professional athletes, he has struggled with personal matters off the field. Primarily, Cabrera has struggled with alcohol addiction and infidelity, which have resulted in a tangled web of legal matters.
Cabrera’s wife, Rosangel, and mother of three of his children, has remained by his side through alcohol abuse treatment and his upcoming paternity case this November.
Cabrera acknowledges having a years-long relationship with Belkis Mariela Rodriguez. The two have two children together, out of wedlock, ages 5 and 2. Cabrera is being sued by Rodriguez who, according to Michigan reporter Evan Woodbery, claims that Cabrera “…cut off financial support for their two children.”
Cabrera argues that the monthly child support request of $100,000 or more akin to alimony than child support.
This raises the question: what are the determining factors in child support cases?
In Florida, the amount of child support is based on a statutory formula.
- Both parents’ income
- Daycare costs
- Medical and dental care
- Educational expenses
- Special accommodations
- Other expenses
What goes into this category of “other expenses” is often up for debate. In the case of Cabrera, Rodriguez is asking for compensation for various camps as well as Cabrera to purchase a seven-night cruise for herself, another adult and the two children she and Cabrera share. Rodriguez, who feels Cabrera’s five children should all be entitled to the same standard of living, is seeking his financial disclosures as a means of determining “other expenses” for his other three children.
A temporary ruling, early in 2018, has Cabrera paying $12,000 a month to Rodriquez until the final ruling is made in November.