Cabrera has argued that that is too much and amounts to palimony, so the judge has decided to reconsider the amount.
Cabrera is contesting a December court order to pay Belkis Rodriguez $20,000 a month for the two children he fathered with her during a secretive relationship that went on for years. Cabrera also was ordered to pay off her nearly $1 million home in Orlando by this summer, pay for the children’s private education, health care and entertainment, including annual Disney World passes.
But in an order issued Wednesday, the judge said he would reconsider the monthly child support payment to Rodriguez, who had initially asked for $100,000 a month as Florida law allows that much given Cabrera’s $30 million annual salary. What she ends up with, however, could be substantially lower than the $20,000 figure the judge came up with in December.
“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 … on the issue of the award of $20,000 per month of un-allocated child support is tantamount to palimony,” Orange County Circuit Judge Alan Apte wrote in a Feb. 6 order.
The judge ordered both sides to conduct a one-hour hearing on the issue before a final order is issued. Meanwhile, he also ordered Cabrera to pay Rodriguez’s attorney fees of $51,306.
The case involves an explosive lawsuit that was filed in 2017 by Rodriguez, who sued the millionaire baseball player for $100,000 a month in child support and outed their affair. Before she sued him, she was getting $20,000 a month in child support, which Cabrera eventually cut to $12,000 a month, but there was no legal arrangement.
The lawsuit also revealed two children he fathered with her. The boy is now 6; the girl 3. Both of them will also get vacations equal to what the children Cabrera has with his marital wife get, under the court order.
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Rodriguez has claimed Cabrera left her and their two kids high and dry after his wife discovered the affair.
Cabrera’s lawyer, however, has argued that what Rodriguez was really upset about was that Cabrera wouldn’t leave his wife.
According to court documents, Cabrera cut the $20,000 child support amount by $5,000 in the summer of 2017. Rodriguez argued this was only done by Cabrera to appease his wife, who discovered the affair and filed for divorce. Cabrera cut his payments, the woman’s lawyer argued, because he wanted to stop the divorce proceedings, which ultimately did happen as his wife changed her mind.
Cabrera’s wife, Rosangel, filed for divorce in April 2017. At about the same time, his then-mistress closed on a $1 million house that Cabrera helped her buy. 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.
In August, Rodriguez hit Cabrera with a paternity suit, claiming she had no other choice but to sue Cabrera for leaving her with a lifestyle she couldn’t afford.
In court filings, Cabrera’s lawyer has portrayed Rodriguez as a shakedown artist who is trying to extort alimony from him, even though they were never married.
Rodriguez’s lawyer has argued that Cabrera is a wealthy man who is shortchanging his client, when he should be paying her more given his wealth.
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