NBA Star Challenges Child Relocation to California
NBA’s Steve Nash is challenging his ex-wife’s petition to relocate their three children to California so they can be closer to their father.
In the 2004-05 season, Nash was named MVP when playing for the Phoenix Suns. But his most recent trip to Maricopa County Superior Court isn’t related to the NBA, at least not directly. It’s what his former spouse, Alejandra Amarilla Menrath, wants to do with his kids that’s drawing him back to the Valley of the Sun.
Nash’s Arizona Divorce
Married in 2005, there was a strain on their relationship long before the divorce petition was filed in Phoenix. A day after his son Matteo’s birth in November 2010, Nash mentioned publicly that he and Menrath had already separated and were pursuing a divorce. In addition to their son, Nash and Menrath have 8-year-old twin daughters, Lola and Bella.
Late in 2011, the couple’s Arizona divorce was finalized. As part of their divorce settlement, they agreed Nash would not be obligated to pay child support. In this case, the absence of child support orders does not mean the pro athlete isn’t providing for his children.
Less than a year after the divorce, Nash announced in July 2012 he was joining the Los Angeles Lakers. After this season, he has two more years under his Lakers contract. The athlete resides at a Manhattan Beach, CA, rental. His permanent residence is still a home in Paradise Valley, AZ.
AZ Relocation of a Minor Child Under Custody Orders
Menrath petitioned the Maricopa County family court to permit her to relocate the couple’s three children to California which, of course, is where their father is living and working.
To relocate the children 100 miles from their current residence or out of state requires a court order, which is why there was a relocation trial in this case. A.R.S. § 25-408. Maybe she wants the children to be closer to their father. Maybe she wants to relocate so she can seek child support orders from the California family court. In either instance, Nash doesn’t want his children moved.
Currently, Nash pays for his children’s private school and is responsible for their health-care insurance (through his employer). By all accounts, the children are doing fine right where they are. Menrath resides in Paradise Valley; Nash’s parents live in Scottsdale part of the year and get to see their grandchildren often.
Menrath already made arrangements for the older children to attend private school in California (to the tune of $25,000 per year for each daughter). Nash would like his kids to attend public school if the Arizona court approves the move.
Ex-Wife Doesn’t Get Child Support Now, But Might in CA
If allowed to relocate the children outside Arizona, Menrath may petition the California family court later to order child support from Nash. He certainly shouldn’t be short of funds.
Steve Nash will continue with the Lakers through the final two years of his contract. He’s a great player and has a handsome contract. This season’s earnings are $8.9 million. Next season, that figure will increase to $9.3 million, followed by $9.7 million in the final season.