Parenting is hard. Raising a child is also very expensive. Fortunately, the family law courts in Pennsylvania are available to make decisions between parents when they are not able to agree on their own about the care and financial support of shared children. To establish consistent financial support for her son, one woman in another state has begun formal child custody proceedings against a famous NBA basketball player.

The mother of one of Dwight Howard’s children has filed for full legal and physical custody of their 4-year-old son. According to legal documents, the mother claims that she has always shouldered the majority of the burden of the physical care of their son; therefore she feels she should have custody. She claims that Dwight’s basketball career and schedule has prevented him from spending more than 40 days out of the year with their son.

Dwight’s $23 million a year salary will likely factor in many of the mother’s requests in the custody hearings. She is expected to request for child support in addition to custody. Reportedly, Howard has helped finance their son’s school tuition and medical expenses. Apparently, he also purchased a vehicle for the mother and offered to buy a home in their son’s name.

Many parents in Pennsylvania do not have million dollar salaries to factor into child custody and support proceedings, but the process can still be difficult and contentious. Pennsylvania law attorneys are able to assist parents in understanding their rights, options and the custody process. In addition, they are able to negotiate on behalf of the client and the wishes that a client has for his or her children.

Source: theblast.com, “Dwight Howard’s Baby Mama Files For Full Custody of Their Son“, Liz Walters and Mike Walters, Jan. 16, 2018