Paternity case continues to dog baseball star Miguel Cabrera

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This blog has previously discussed the domestic issues faced by Detroit Tigers star, Miguel Cabrera, and some of those issues have re-emerged as spring training opens. Cabrera has apparently resolved his differences with his wife, and she has withdrawn her petition for a divorce. However, the woman who has accused Cabrera of fathering her two children is still seeking additional child support.

Cabrera apparently does not challenge the allegation that he is the father of the woman's two children, who were born in 2013 and 2015. Cabrera is listed as the biological father on both birth certificates. He purchased an expensive house in Orlando as a home for the woman and the two children. But, she has filed a lawsuit alleging that Cabrera suddenly reduced his child support payments for the two children.

A trial on the woman's claim was scheduled in Orlando on February 12, only a few days before the Tigers open their spring training. Cabrera's lawyers appeared in court on Feb. 2 seeking a court order closing the trial to the public and denying the woman's attempts to obtain Cabrera's financial records. The court has not yet ruled on the motion. The parties have apparently failed to resolve their differences in pre-trial mediation, and the trial will begin as scheduled. Cabrera's celebrity may complicate the trial. He is one of baseball's highest paid players, and many people will undoubtedly attempt to attend the trial if it is open to the public.

One does not need to be a major league baseball player to understand the need for competent representation in such a case. Anyone facing a claim for child support or considering filing such a claim may wish to consult an experienced family lawyer for advice on the facts of the case and the chances of obtaining a favorable outcome.

Source: mlive.com, "Miguel Cabrera's attorneys were in court trying to shield paternity case from public view," Evan Woodbery, Feb. 3, 2018

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