New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon is being sued for child support for two children. The mother is not his wife, but is claiming that Colon is the father and that he should be paying child support for the two children. The parties were in court last week on the matter, which has been kept confidential for the most part. Colon has never publicly acknowledged that he is the father of the children. Colon is earning $7.25 million this season and has reportedly earned $96 million during his pro career.
Anytime parents are no longer together, generally the non-custodial parent will have to pay the custodial parent child support. This is designed to ensure that both parents are contributing to the financial needs of the children.
The amount of the child support obligation is determined by the child support guidelines in New York. Generally, the non-custodial parent will pay a percentage of their income to the other parent. The percentage is based on how many children the parents have together. There are also some other payments that may be associated as well such as medical costs. In Colon's case, he may be obligated to pay a very large amount each month to the mother of the children, if they are in fact his children.
Many parents in New York have children with someone they are either divorced from or were never married to in the first place. In either situation, one parent will often times be ordered to pay child support to the other parent. It generally will not be as much as Colon may need to pay, however, the percentage of the parent's income may be the same as the percentage of Colon's income. Experienced attorneys understand the importance of child support and may be able to help guide one through the process.
Source: CBS New York, "Report: Colon being sued for child support by woman who's not his wife" May 18, 2016