Today it was announced that NBA Star Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and his wife, Vanessa Bryant are divorcing. The couple married in 2001 and have two daughters – Natalia (8 years old) and Gianna (5 years old). Ms. Bryant’s divorce petition, claiming “irreconcilable differences” was filed in Orange County, California and seeks joint legal custody, joint physical custody of the children and spousal support (what is often known as alimony). Currently, there has been no information released regarding child support for the children.
In New York, simply because the parents share joint physical and legal custody of the children DOES NOT mean that child support is not available. In the case of Bast v. Rossoff, the New York Court of Appeals determined that a joint physical and legal custody arrangement does not preclude an order of child support.