Highly-paid professional footballers perform a public service by clarifying the law on child maintenance, suggests Simon Bruce

Professional footballers are paid to entertain, some handsomely so, but they also pay richly in child maintenance when they foul up their relationships. It is striking that footballers’ problems are often tackled in the family law reports. It is, you might say, a public service, of sorts.

One unforeseen service that a footballer recently performed was to clarify the law on child maintenance. His appeal case is called TW and TM (Minors) [2015] EWHC 3054, and is a judgement by Mr Justice Mostyn – the same judge who famously ruled that bridge was not a sport.

The footballer in question had two children by two mothers, an...

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