Miguel Cabrera’s ex-mistress says the Tigers slugger should be paying her $100,000 a month in support.
While Miguel Cabrera and his ex-mistress continue to spar over child support, new court documents show the Detroit Tigers slugger has showered the woman with plenty of perks, including a trip to Europe with her two children, $5,000 children’s birthday parties and a $5,000 Disney Cruise.
That’s on top the $1 million mansion he helped pay for, the $15,000 a month in child support for the son and daughter he fathered with her, and the $3,000 a month he pays for the children’s travels to see him.
Meanwhile, Cabrera’s wife is aware of all this as newly obtained court documents show she has been involved in the settlement talks and mediations with her husband’s ex-mistress, Belkis Rodriguez, 35, who is suing Cabrera for more in child support.
The Florida woman agreed to have Rosangel Cabrera attend the settlement talks to keep things amicable, records show — though she has taken a jab at Cabrera’s wife in court documents, claiming the baseball star cut her child support by $5,000 a month to appease his wife who discovered the affair and filed for divorce.
“It is important to make clear to the court that (Cabrera) … only ceased paying this amount not because he believed it was inappropriate for the support of his children .. but instead in order to appease his wife in an attempt to halt the divorce proceedings,” Terry Young, Rodriguez’s lawyer, wrote in a filing. ” … These minor children should not be penalized because their father’s wife is angry that he chose to have a relationship with their mother and otherwise support them over the years, as he rightfully should have done.”
These details were disclosed in documents obtained by the Free Press — records that chronicle how much money the Orlando woman has been receiving from Cabrera since he fathered their first child in 2013. The boy is now 5. They also have a daughter, who is 2½ . She argues that given his $30-million-a year salary, he can afford to pay her $100,000 a month under Florida’s child support guidelines.
She’s getting a lot less than that.
According to new documents filed in Orange County Circuit Court, Cabrera initially started paying $5,000 a month in child support after their son was born. He soon increased it to $10,000 a month and then $15,000 a month following the birth of a daughter in 2015. In early 2017, it jumped to $20,000 when Rodriguez bought a house. Cabrera voluntarily made these child-support payments and has never been under a court order to do so.
In addition to the child support, records show, Cabrera showered his secret family with perks, including:
- a $9,000 trip to Europe for the mother and both kids in 2016.
- a $5,000 Disney Cruise for the mom and kids in 2017
- $5,000 in Christmas presents every year, and $5,000 for the kids’ birthday parties
- $3,000 a month for travel so the children can visit Cabrera
According to court records, DNA evidence has established that Cabrera is, in fact, the father, though he never contested it.
Cabrera and the woman have been embroiled in a bitter paternity suit for six months, with the woman claiming the multimillionaire ballplayer is shortchanging her on child support. Under Florida’s child support guidelines, she argues, she is entitled to more than $100,000 a month given Cabrera’s $2.5-million-a-month pay. She runs a bare-bones flower shop, records show, and has “very little to no income” and no assets. She drives a Range Rover.
Rodriguez claims in court documents that Cabrera reduced child support payments from $20,000 to $15,000 in the summer of 2017 “as a result of what is reasonably believed to be pressure from (Cabrera’s) wife to cease contact with (Rodriguez).”
The court filing notes that in April 2017 — when Cabrera’s ex-mistress closed on a $1-million house that Cabrera helped her buy — Cabrera’s wife filed for divorce. Later that summer, Cabrera stopped paying Rodriguez the additional $5,000 a month in child support that he had agreed to pay when she bought the house, records show.
Now, Cabrera is giving her $15,000 a month, “effectively leaving her unable to pay the mortgage,” Young, Rodriguez’s lawyer, wrote in a court filing, stressing that the reason Cabrera yanked the extra money was “a result of his newly filed divorce proceeding, and, what is reasonably perceived to be his wife’s insistence that (Cabrera) terminate all contact with (Rodriguez).”
Cabrera’s wife, Rosangel, his high-school sweetheart who has stuck by him through several controversies, filed for divorce in Miami in April, but has since changed her mind.
Rodriguez, through her lawyer, says that’s no coincidence. Not only did Cabrera reduce the child support after his wife got angry, her lawyer wrote, but he “even changed his phone number so she had no means to communicate with him.”
Cabrera also stopped visiting his children in Florida, the lawyer wrote, claiming he “has never had any time-sharing with the minor children, other than sporadic visits, which have ceased completely as of last year.”
In August, during the end of Cabrera’s career-worst season, when he batted .249 with 16 home runs and 60 RBIs while battling a back injury, Rodriguez filed her paternity suit, which disclosed their secret affair.
In court filings, Cabrera’s lawyer has portrayed Rodriguez as a shakedown artist who is is trying to extort alimony from him, when they weren’t even married.
“Unfortunately, (Rodriguez) is not satisfied with the substantial child support she is receiving from (Cabrera), so she is now embarking on a mission to extort additional moneys to be used for her benefit under the guise of child support,” Cabrera’s West Palm Beach lawyer, Benjamin Hodas, has argued in court documents.
The two sides have been trying to settle the case for months, but the talks have gone nowhere. Cabrera’s wife has attended two full-day mediations — an arrangement that Rodriguez agreed to “out of her desire to attempt to amicably settle this matter,” her lawyer wrote in court documents.
On Monday, Cabrera and Rodriguez were back in court in Orlando for a hearing involving financial documents. Rodriguez wants access to Cabrera’s financials, but Cabrera’s lawyer has argued she’s not entitled to it and that a lot of what she’s asking for is none of her business.
In court documents, Rodriguez has argued that her children are entitled to the same standard of living as the children Cabrera has with his wife. In her push for more child support, she wants to know how much money Cabrera spends on his Michigan family, on everything from tuition and extracurricular activities for his children to family vacations, birthday parties and field trips.
A final child support order has not been issued by the judge.
Meanwhile, Cabrera heads to Lakeland, Fla., on Thursday with his other teammates to begin spring training.
The Tigers have declined comment on Cabrera’s paternity suit.
As Tigers general manager Al Avila has said: “I’m not going to address any of his personal issues because those are all personal.”
But as for Cabrera’s return to the plate, Avila has said: “I fully expect a fully healthy Miguel Cabrera to come back and getting back to producing.”
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