Steve Nash

There's a very unusual custody battle brewing between LA Laker Steve Nash and his ex-wife Alejandra over keeping her and her three kids FARTHER away from him. Yes, you read right. This is definitely a new one. The story begs more questions than answers right now, but all we know is that both sides have lawyered up over Alejandra's attempt to move to California with their children. They have three kids together, 8-year-old twins Lola and Bella, and 2-year-old Matteo, who with all hope are being protected from all this nastiness because how in the world do you explain to kids that age that their daddy doesn't want them to live in the same state as he does.

TMZ, which broke this story, says that child support might be a big factor here -- Nash would have to pay tons more to his ex-wife if she was in California rather than Arizona. But you know what? Who the heck cares! Even if he had to empty his bank account each month (which I highly doubt is the case), you can't put a price on time spent with your kids. It's more valuable than all the money in the world. To me this is a no-brainer, but there is obviously a lot more going on here than meets the eye.

It's easy to judge these two parents from such a remote vantage point, knowing nothing about them, their relationship, their divorce or the other logistics involved. This probably isn't about his love for his kids and more about the money and principle -- isn't it always?

But good luck explaining all that to the kids who just love and want their parents. Matteo is probably too little to absorb all that is going on (remember how Steve Nash announced his birth the same time he announced his pending divorce?) but the twins are old enough to totally grasp what is happening here. Hopefully Alejandra has the good sense and decency not to "twist" Nash's legal actions into a "your Daddy doesn't love you that much" thing that will damage their relationship with him. I can't imagine even the most jilted, wronged wife in the world would ever want that.

Why would compel Steve Nash to fight to keep his children out of Los Angeles?

 

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