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Baseball player appealing order he says amounts to palimony

Typically, we use this space to discuss various topics related to divorces of high-earning spouses. However, there is a family law case pending in the Florida courts that involves a multimillionaire athlete and the woman whose two children he fathered that has elements involved in many divorces.

Miguel Cabrera plays for the Detroit Tigers and formerly played in Miami for the Marlins. He has admitted to being involved in a secret, extramarital relationship with a Florida woman for several years.

In December, a Florida judge ordered Cabrera to pay the woman $20,000 a month in child support. That is on top of $1 million to pay off her home in Orlando, as well as payment for health care, private school and entertainment for the kids. They are ages 6 and 3.

Cabrera has asked the judge to reconsider the $20,000 monthly payment, saying that is too much for child support and instead is more like palimony -- alimony for the woman he never married.

The judge agreed to take a second look at the issue and the amount paid to the woman, who originally sought $100,000 per month. Cabrera, 35, signed an eight-year, $248 million contract with the Tigers in 2016, according to Spotrac. The website projects his lifetime career earnings at more than $400 million.

"Upon reviewing the testimony, exhibits in evidence, arguments of counsel and the proposed final judgments submitted by the parties, the court exercises its inherent authority to reconsider [whether] the award of $20,000 per month of un-allocated child support is tantamount to palimony," the Orange County Circuit Court judge wrote on Feb. 6.

The woman sued Cabrera in 2017, contending he cut the $20,000 he was giving her by $5,000 after his wife found out about their relationship. The woman said he gave her and the children a way of life she couldn't maintain without his help.

It will be interesting to watch the resolution of this case to see what the judge decides. It could set a legal precedent for future family law cases in Florida.

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