As a San Diego Certified Family Law Specialist with a La Jolla California law office that only handles family law cases, a lot of time every day is devoted to obtaining and organizing facts in individual cases. However, when I read the story from the New York Post, written by reporter Susan Edelman, about professional football player Antonio Cromartie's birth moms and his children (born by the "birth moms"), I felt as if I had just read a trial brief. Their were more birth moms than witnesses in the Frank and Jamie McCourt divorce trial to determine the ownership of the Los Angeles Dodger baseball team.
With a little more research I found a video on YouTube where Antonio Cromartie is trying to name all of his children. (Watch this video below.) We live in a diverse society. Some will laugh at Antonio Cromartie's video and admire his ability to cause women to line up to give birth to his children. Others will be more critical. The purpose of this posting is to bring a San Diego divorce perspective to this story.
California child support laws will provide child support to the various moms, according to the algebraic formula, and this should be a significant amount given Antonio Cromartie's current high income as a New York Jet football player. However, the children are very young. The oldest is approximately 5 years old. Otherwise, the children are ages 3, 2 and less than 1. This means that support will continue for the next 18 years. Antonio Cromartie may only be in football with a high salary for a fraction of this time. Child support is modifiable and may be greatly reduced in the future.