The NFL Lockout Is Causing Players To Lower Child Support Payments
The current NFL lockout (and a looming one in the NBA) is causing players to get child support and alimony payments lowered "to reflect what would be reduced incomes should their leagues shut down."
"The NFL is an industry, and if the industry is in trouble, the men can’t meet their obligations," Raoul Felder, a divorce lawyer, told Bloomberg.
The NBA Players' Union distributed a 56-page pamphlet, which included tips such as refinancing mortgages and conserving energy in anticipation of a potential lockout. Of course, the booklet also addressed child support and alimony payments, which affects 80 percent of athletes according to former NBA player Frank Brickowski.
Brickowski's advice: get prenuptial agreements to avoid child support and alimony issues if they arise. He also claims that Kanye West's Gold Digger song has buttressed his position and raised awareness amongst athletes.
"I tell the players that in divorce, on average, the woman gets 70 percent of a man’s wealth. That gets their attention," Brickowski said. "But not as much as Kanye.”
We want pre-nup, indeed.
Getting the short end of the stick, of course, are the former WAGs (wives and girlfriends) of athletes who sometimes have no voice in court proceedings. The mothers, the ex-wives, and girlfriends are just bystanders to players who have agents, lawyers, and unions.
One of Antonio Cromartie's ex-partners, Tina Julian said, "It takes money to raise a kid." Money they will have less of, if the lockout labors on.
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