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Baseball player accused of not paying child support

Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Dec 16, 2013 in Child Support

Yankees fans in Connecticut may be surprised to learn that baseball superstar Robinson Cano, who made $15 million last season with the Yankees, is alleged not to be in full compliance with his child support obligations. The mother of the baseball player's 3-year-old son says that she is lucky if the second baseman submits his $600 monthly child support payment by the time it becomes due.

On Dec. 12, a judge in Santo Domingo doubled Cano's monthly support payments to $1200, but the mother of the child says that Cano's child support payments are never consistent. The only other income that the mother has is $100 per month from the Dominican Ministry of Sports for training and coaching volleyball.

The next court hearing date on the matter on child support is set for Jan. 23, 2014; Cano is expected to appear in court. The mother says that she and her son live in a small house with insufficient living conditions, and she wishes that Cano had a desire to contribute more of his earnings beyond the amount mandated by the court.

Although the Yankees offered Cano a deal of $175 million over seven years, Cano said he felt that he didn't receive enough respect from the team. Cano recently signed a $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners; this contract is the fourth most expensive in baseball history.

A family law attorney may be able to help single parents obtain child support from a parent who has the money to pay but fails to make timely payments. In certain cases, it may be possible to ask the employer of a parent who is not meeting his or her child support obligations to garnish some of the parent's wages to be used for the payment of child support.

Source: FOX News, "Robinson Cano, baseball's new $240M man, brushed back over child support", December 13, 2013