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Florida judge rules in favor of mother in 'good fortune' case

The former mistress of a star baseball player has won a significant judgment in her child support case.

The Florida woman, who had two children with Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, had asked the courts to make sure her children were supported financially in the same manner as the three children he shares with his wife are supported.

The court agreed in its ruling in the case, which was filed in 2017.

"The court finds that the parties' children should have the same opportunities as the opportunities that the father provides to his three other children that he and his wife share," Orange County Circuit Court Judge Alan Apte wrote in his ruling.

He continued: "The court finds this to be a ‘good fortune' case … and the children's right to benefit from his good fortune," wrote Apte.

In his order, the judge ruled that Cabrera must:

  • Pay the woman $20,000 each month in unallocated child support, meaning no stipulations were placed on how she could spend the money.
  • Reimburse the woman for specific things she pays for to benefit their kids, including school tuition, medical care and extracurricular activities.
  • Pay off the mortgage on the home the woman and her children share.
  • Name the children as the beneficiaries of a $5 million life insurance policy until the youngest child is 18.
  • Buy annual passes to Walt Disney World and other Orlando-area attractions each year.
  • Give the woman nearly $90,000 in unpaid child support.

Cabrera can appeal if he so desires.

He earns $30 million a year and has estimated career earnings to date of nearly $277 million. It is projected he will have earned nearly $409 million when his current contract expires in 2024.

This case is unique in that most people don't have this many millions of dollars in the bank, but all children are entitled to be supported to the best of a family's ability. If you anticipate you will have difficulty coming to a support agreement, consult with an attorney well-versed in child support issues to make sure your children's rights are protected.

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