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'Well-known' footballer wins High Court battle to reduce child maintenance payments

A footballer has won a High Court fight over the amount of child maintenance he should pay for his two children Credit: PA

A "well-known" footballer has won a High Court appeal to reduce the amount of child maintenance he pays.

The unnamed player is in his early 30s and has two children aged 10 and five by different mothers.

He had complained that a local family court judge was wrong in ordering him to pay £30,000-a-year for each child - arguing that £60,000 a year was about a third of his gross annual income and was too much.

A High Court judge ruled in his favour and said Deputy District Judge Jane Drew had made mistakes in the way she formulated figures.

Mr Justice Mostyn analysed an appeal by the footballer at a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London and said Deputy District Judge Drew should reconsider the case.

Mr Justice Mostyn explained how Deputy District Judge Drew had said of the footballer: "The impression I formed was that he was a man who was determined to put his own expenditure and enjoyment first and his obligations to his children came a very poor second."

Mr Justice Mostyn cut the total sum the footballer must pay to around £30,000 - pending decisions made after any fresh hearing before Judge Drew.

The judge heard that the footballer was "in arrears" on payments and would "have some explaining to do" if the arrears were not discharged in the "near future".