When it comes to child support, many separated parents might find themselves asking the question "how much is too much". For famed basketball player Steve Nash, who is refusing to pay the child support demanded by his estranged wife, the answer is problematic. Texas basketball fans may already be aware of Nash's much-publicized child support battle with former spouse Alejandra Amarilla, which has been ongoing for over a year.
The couple was married in 2005 and divorced five years later, just a day after their third child was born. Initially the split was amicable, but things quickly turned ugly when Nash tried to block a move that would have seen Amarilla move states with their three children. Since then, the child support battle has raged in and out of courtrooms. Nash has so far argued successfully in court against the request for more child support payments, citing the very large settlement Amarilla received in their divorce.
Amarilla has moved to appeal the court decision upholding Nash's right to withhold further payment, a move he said was motivated by concern for his children's welfare. He alleges his ex-wife is a voracious spender, and any additional funds he provided would only serve to "spoil" his children. The appeal process launched by Amarilla is currently underway.
It is often said that children suffer most in any marital split, a sentiment many Texas parents might echo. Ensuring child support and other logistical issues are taken care of without involving the children can go a long way toward smoothing the road for their emotional recovery and well-being. Understanding your rights and responsibilities in child support cases under Texas law is very useful when navigating such a challenging transition.
Source: Huffington Post, "Steve Nash Child Support: Lakers Star Allegedly Doesn't Want To Pay Because Ex Might Spoil Kids," Cavan Sieczkowski, April 30, 2013