Baseball Player Facing Multiple Lawsuits in Florida Family Court

- Gary E. Williams

Miguel Cabrera, a legendary slugger for the Detroit Tigers, has his hands full of legal problems at the moment. Both his wife and a mistress have submitted court filings naming the former MVP as a defendant. Between the two cases, Cabrera could end up paying out tens of thousands in support payments, in addition to an equitable division of property.

Wife of 15 years filed for divorce

Cabrera’s wife, Rosangel, filed for divorce in Miami-Dade County Family Court on March 17, 2017, just before the start of the 2017 baseball season. Rosangel claimed in the dissolution of marriage filing that their relationship had become “irretrievably broken” after 15 years of marriage. The couple shares three children, aged 6, 7, and 12. Rosangel is seeking child support, alimony, a custody-sharing agreement, and an equitable distribution of the couple’s assets. Miguel filed a response acquiescing to the divorce in April. A hearing in the divorce case was recently scheduled before a Miami judge. According to court documents, Miguel is no longer represented by an attorney in that case, after his previous attorney withdrew in October.

The couple was married in Miguel’s hometown of Maracay, Venezuela in 2002, one year before Miguel made his debut as a major league baseball player. They share a $6 million home in Miami Beach, as well as a home in Detroit. The couple made headlines in 2009 when Miguel and Rosangel were alleged to have gotten into a physical altercation. Miguel was booked at a local police station after Rosangel called for law enforcement’s help. While both spouses had marks on their faces, neither pressed charges and the case was dropped.

Mistress seeking an increase in child support

In a separate case, the baseball player’s former mistress has filed for an increase in the amount of child support he pays each month for the children he fathered with the woman. Belkis Rodriguez met Cabrera several years ago, and he ended up fathering two children with the woman. Cabrera helped Rodriguez purchase an Orlando home worth $1 million and is currently paying $12,000 a month in child support. According to Rodriguez, however, Cabrera has not provided the help she needed to continue meeting her monthly expenses. She asserts that, under Florida law, she is entitled to up to $100,000 a month based on Cabrera’s current income. Cabrera made $30 million in 2017. In 2014, he signed a record-setting $248 million extension deal with the Detroit Tigers. In his response to Rodriguez’s request for an increase in support, Cabrera has claimed that the request amounts to extortion. The case was scheduled to go before a mediator and remains pending.

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