Baseball Pro Ordered to Pay More Child Support


     (CN) - An Arizona woman is entitled to the level of child support she would receive if she had lived with the father, pro baseball player Gary Matthews Jr., an Arizona appeals court ruled.
     The trial court ordered Matthews to pay Jamie Hunt $1,561 for the child they had in 2004. Matthews' salary is $10 million per year. He also had to pay for the child's medical, day care and private school expenses.
     Hunt sought a higher amount on appeal, and Judge Hall agreed.
     "The parents' basic child support obligation depends on the combined adjusted gross income of the parents," Hall wrote. "When the parents have a combined adjusted income of more than $20,000 per month, the court is to award more than the presumptive $1,561 per month if a higher amount is in the best interest of the child, taking into account the standard of living the child would have enjoyed if the parents and child were living together."
     Hall remanded the case for a new determination of child support.
     Matthews plays right field for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He has been a major leaguer for 10 years, and his father, Gary "Sarge" Matthews Sr., was an outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies.