Tristan Thompson's baby mama Maralee Nichols SLAMS 'gold digger' claims despite getting '$40K a month' in child support01/12/2022
TRISTAN Thompson's baby mama Maralee Nichols slammed claims that she's a "gold digger" despite receiving "$40K a month" in child support from the basketball star.
The personal trainer gave birth to the NBA player's third child on December 1, 2021 and has been battling her baby daddy in court for child support.
Critics, however, called out Maralee – who recently moved from California to Texas – claiming that the move was motivated by a bigger financial payout from Tristan.
According to Reality Blurb, Tristan's lawyers noted Maralee's sudden change of residence claiming that she should have filed her paternity lawsuit in Texas where the child was conceived.
Commenters bashed the 31-year-old on Instagram saying her new California address is an attempt to get more money from the athlete in court.
One person posed the question: “Do I smell a golddigger [sic] here?," prompting Maralee to clap back: “I’m not a gold digger, I don’t live in Texas and I have not.”
A second person questioned her hook-up with Tristan, despite him being in a relationship with Khloe Kardashian at the time, in which she responded: “I met him in 2020 at a party at his house. I did not know he was with her. He said he was single.”
She also added that Khloe “was never at any of his parties.”
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Amid fans' comments, Maralee recently listed her $900K Houston, Texas condo for sale making it clear that her move to California is permanent.
After Radar Online shared the news of the sale on social media, Maralee chimed in to defend herself from backlash writing: "That is an investment property I own. Yes, I’m selling it. It’s been rented out and is still currently. I was not living in it."
HEFTY CHILD SUPPORT
Tristan's baby mama will have no problem in the money department as it was reported last week that the Cleveland Cavaliers alum will most likely be required to pay out as much as $40K a month in child support.
New York marriage lawyer Morghan Leia Richardson, told HollywoodLife Tristan will have to pay up until the newborn turns 18.
"In looking at a support award, the court will review both parents’ monthly incomes, and the amount of time that the child spends with each parent," the attorney said. "All income, including money/wages, tips, commissions, bonuses, unemployment benefits, interest income, dividend income, rental income, insurance payouts – all of it is fair game for calculating child support.
"For awards where the parties earn extremely high incomes, such as Tristian, the court will plug the numbers into the support calculator, but also consider several other factors.
"One argument for a larger award would be to ensure that the child has the same or similar lifestyle in both homes."
But just because Tristan is already shelling out support to his first child, five-year-old Prince, don't expect the new baby to get quite as much each month.
In fact the exact opposite could happen.
According to Morghan: "Usually when a parent is already paying support for another child, that amount reduces the available income to pay support to later children.
"Because Tristan is paying support for other children, that will be a factor in calculating how much support he will pay for this child.
"Reports show that his income is about $10mil so based on that number, and the report that he’s paying $40k per month for his son, when I run the calculator, I get an estimate of $34k per month."
On Monday, January 3, Tristan revealed he got the results back of his much-anticipated paternity test proving that he is the father of the newborn.
Writing on Instagram that night, Tristan, 30, dropped the big news: "Today, paternity tests results revealed that I fathered a child with Maralee Nichols."
He continued on his Story: “I take full responsibility for my actions. Now that paternity has been established, I looked forward to amicably raising our son.
"I sincerely apologize to everyone I’ve hurt or disappointed throughout this ordeal both publicly and privately.
Maralee gave birth to Tristan's child, a baby boy, on December 1 after months of the pair battling in court.
The former fitness instructor filed a lawsuit seeking financial support from the Canadian sports star.
She claimed in her legal filing that she and Tristan conceived the child on his birthday back in March.
At the time, Khloe was "exclusively" dating Tristan – who she had previously forgiven for past infidelity scandals.
As The Sun previously reported, Khloe feels "mortified" by the latest cheating episode from Tristan as he has been publicly caught being unfaithful to her several times in the past.
In his latest slip-up, the basketball player claimed that his relationship with Maralee was a one-night hookup initially.
However, he later admitted in legal documents that he met up with her several times for sex.
Tristan shares one child with Khloe, their daughter True, three, while he also is dad to son Prince with ex Jordan Craig.
There is a way for Tristan to get out of having to pay so much every month: quit the NBA.
Attorney Morghan says: "Sports players have a limited career span, and he has three young children to support.
"I hope that everyone involved in this is setting money aside for the kids. If he is injured or can no longer play, he may at some point seek a support reduction."
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