Baseball star embroiled in two-front domestic war in Florida

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Baseball star Miguel Cabrera endured the worst season of his career in 2017, and he also faced two lawsuits in Florida courts involving his domestic relationships. The almost-certain Hall of Famer was sued for divorce in Miami-Dade County Court, and for a paternity and support lawsuit in Orange County in a case brought by a woman with whom Cabrera has fathered two children.

Cabrera's wife began the divorce action on the eve of the 2017 baseball season. The petition alleged that the marital relationship was irretrievably broken, and Cabrera did not deny the allegation. A final hearing on the petition was scheduled for a hearing on October 23, but Rosange Cabrera's attorney told reporters that the case has been dismissed. The Cabreras were married in 2002 in Venezuela. They now live in a $6 million home in Miami and have another home in Detroit. Cabrera's attorney withdrew from the case earlier this month, and the exact status of the divorce case is unclear.

In August of this year, Cabrera was named as the defendant in a paternity and child support lawsuit filed in Orlando by his long-time mistress. The complaint alleged that the two have had an intimate relationship for five years, during which time the woman bore two children fathered by Cabrera. The complaint also alleged that Cabrera bought the woman a house valued at close to $1 million and that he pays her $12,000 in child support. The woman claims that Cabrera must pay her much more because, simply put, he can afford to. Cabrera made $30 million in 2017 and is still owed $185 million by the Detroit Tigers under his current contract.

Not every paternity or divorce case involves such high-profile personalities as Miquel Cabrera, but the issue are always very similar. Is the mother of the couple's children entitled to additional child support payments because the father is a successful businessman or - as in this case - a successful athlete? A knowledgeable divorce attorney can provide useful advice on the evidence and law that will determine the outcome in such cases.

Source: Detroit Free Press, "Miguel Cabrera's wife filed for divorce, changed mind amid mistress scandal," Tresa Baldas, Oct. 20, 2017

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