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Lakers' Steve Nash Wants His Kids to Stay in Arizona

After a divorce, most parents fight to have their children as close to them as possible. Not Steve Nash, apparently.

The Lakers guard, formerly with the Phoenix Suns, is reportedly locked in legal battle with his ex-wife Alejandra Amarilla. Amarilla wants to bring their three children to California, but Nash wants the kids to remain in Arizona, TMZ reports.

So why is Nash trying to keep his kids at a distance? It may come down to child support.

Nash and Amarilla tied the knot back in 2005 and have two daughters and a son together. The couple separated in 2010 prior to the birth of their son Matteo Joel. They divorced later that year.

Nash played for the Suns from 2004 to 2012. This year, he moved to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers, while Amarilla and their children remained in Arizona.

Now Amarilla wants to move the kids to California to be closer to their dad. However, Nash has opposed the move in court. According to TMZ, Amarilla has hired celebrity divorce attorney Lance Spiegel to battle Nash in Arizona and California courts.

Nash is probably arguing that a move wouldn't be in the children's best interests, since they would be uprooted from their schools and friends. However, Nash could have ulterior motives. If the children move to California, Nash would have to shell out a lot more child support, according to TMZ.

Since child support calculation is state-specific, the amounts ordered can vary greatly from state to state. Under Arizona's income shares model, the incomes of both parents are combined and the amount of support is determined according to each parent's percentage of the combined income.

Courts also look at the the cost of the children's care, the amount of spousal support paid, and the standard of living the child would've known had the parents stayed together. For a more in-depth look at how child support is calculated in Arizona, you can check out the state's child support calculator.

Until the gag order in the case is lifted, we probably won't know the whole story behind Nash and Amarilla's bizarre custody battle.

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