Last month, Miami Heat basketball player Chris Bosh spent more than two hours being questioned about his residency before an Orlando judge. The 28-year-old Dallas, Texas native maintains that although he has been employed by the Miami team for two seasons, he is still a Texas resident. Orange County Judge Robert Evans is tasked with determining whether Bosh is actually a Florida resident for child support and child custody purposes. Bosh has reportedly been involved in a support and custody battle with Allison Mathis, the mother of his three-year-old daughter, since the child’s birth.
At the Orlando hearing, attorneys for Mathis submitted a mortgage affidavit Bosh signed approximately two years ago that states he intended to make the $12.5 million home he purchased in Miami his primary residence. Bosh’s voting records were also admitted into evidence during the hearing. Bosh reportedly failed to vote in the 2008 presidential election and his name was purged from Texas voter rolls. Bosh allegedly re-registered to vote in Dallas two weeks prior to the proceeding. Although the man failed to register for a homestead exemption on his Miami property, Bosh reportedly only applied for such an exemption on his suburban Dallas home one-week before the hearing. After Bosh admitted to having an out-of-state driver’s license, Judge Evans allegedly asked the basketball player if he was aware that he was required to obtain a Florida license within 30 days of moving to the state.
Bosh’s residency is important because a Texas court ordered the basketball superstar to pay Mathis approximately $2,600 per month in child support three years ago. Mathis, a resident of Orange County, Florida, has asked the Orlando court to order Bosh to pay a larger sum each month to provide support the couple’s daughter. If Bosh is deemed to be a resident of Florida, Judge Evans could instead order Bosh to pay as much as $30,000 in monthly child support. The Orlando judge is reportedly expected to make a decision regarding the Miami player’s residency in late September.
Parents in Florida must provide financial support for their children. Any award of child support is determined using statutory guidelines that reflect the costs of medical and dental care, day care, and the amount of time each parent spends with a child pursuant to a court approved time-sharing plan. If you need assistance with a child support or child custody matter, you should speak with a knowledgeable Florida family law attorney.
If you are a Florida parent with child support concerns, do not hesitate to contact experienced Miami family law attorney Sandy T. Fox today. Because he understands the importance of family, Sandy T. Fox focuses his law practice exclusively on family law matters. Mr. Fox is available to discuss your rights as a parent and help you file your child support case. He also assists clients throughout South Florida with their child custody, paternity, adoption, divorce, alimony, and parenting coordination matters. If you would like to modify or enforce your child support order, call Sandy T. Fox toll free at (800) 596-0579 or contact him through his website.
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Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh grilled over residency in child support suit, by Jose Lambiet, The Miami Herald
Chris Bosh’s Truthfulness Questioned in Orlando Court!, by Jose Lambiet, gossipextra.com
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