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Jose Fernandez's Mother, Girlfriend to Share Control of Pitcher's Estate

MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 26: A jersey hangs in the New York Mets dugout in honor of late Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez before the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 26, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMarch 15, 2017

A Miami judge ruled on Wednesday that the estate of deceased Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez would be split between his mother and his girlfriend, Maria Arias, according to TMZ Sports.

Arias gave birth to the couple's daughter, Penelope, on February 24.

Judge Maria Korvick ruled that a trust must be drawn up for Fernandez's daughter and that Arias and Fernandez's mother, Maritza Gomez Fernandez, would oversee it, per CBS Miami. The money in the trust could be withdrawn to provide care for Fernandez's daughter.

The estate has been valued at between $2 million and $3 million, according to CBS Miami.

The legal fallout is not over, however, as the families of Eduardo Rivero and Emilio Macias—who died in the fatal boat crash along with Fernandez—are each suing the Fernandez estate for $2 million in negligence and personal injury damages.

The family plans on fighting those lawsuits, however.

"The reason is this, it’s our position that everything in the estate is for the benefit of the child," Fernandez's mother told CBS Miami.


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