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Alex Rodriguez in child, spousal support dispute

Pennsylvania fans of baseball player Alex Rodriguez may have heard that he and his ex-wife are in a dispute over child and spousal support. Rodriguez currently pays her $115,000 per month to his former spouse.

The initial support agreement was supposed to be revised when Rodriguez retired from the MLB. While the now-retired star used to make $30 million a year playing for the Yankees, his income has since dropped to $3 million annually as a broadcaster. Meanwhile, his ex-wife has a masters in psychology as well as a new fiancé with whom she also has a child. Rodriguez has cited these as reasons why she no longer needs as much spousal support. Allegedly, she has several cars, three homes and millions of dollars.

Reportedly, Rodriguez is proposing monthly payments of $7,000 to $12,000 per month to cover child support for their two daughters, who are 11 and 13. However, he is willing to go as high as $20,000. She is asking for $50,000 per month.

Child support is usually paid by the parent who does not have physical custody. If the noncustodial parent has a significant change in income after child support is determined, it is possible to request a modification. A parent should not wait to request this since the modification is not retroactive. The person will continue to owe the same amount until the modification is approved. A parent who is struggling to get child support from the other parent may want to go through the state child support offices. Enforcement may be able to garnish wages or take other steps to make sure child support is paid. Legal counsel could help with this process.

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