Basketball player's custody fight hinges on paternity test

Florida basketball fans may be aware of Indiana Pacers player Paul George and his recent paternity issues. A female child has been born to a former paramour of his, and a prenatal paternity test showed a high probability that he is the father. Although reports indicate that George has requested a new paternity test, if the test indicates that he is the father, then he has announced his intention to ask for sole custody of the child.

The mother of the child in question, a woman who currently lives with her family in New York, has also filed suit for sole custody, citing the hardships inherent in George's NBA travel schedule as being detrimental to the best interests of the child. George and his attorneys have responded with a detailed list of reasons why he should be the one to be granted sole custody.

He has also asked the New York court to move the custody case to Florida, where he first met the mother of the child. In his petition he states that he has the resources to support the child and the mother does not, as the woman is currently unemployed. Her lawyer counters that allegation by pointing out that the woman's daughter is only a few months old, and that the reason his client is not working is because she is taking care of the baby.

George has disputed the methodology used in the prenatal paternity test, which showed a 99.9 percent probability that he is the father of the baby girl. He has requested that, if he is not granted custody, his child support obligation be less than what is set forth in the guidelines used by Florida courts.

Source: Indy Star, "Pacers' Paul George seeks sole custody of child", June 30, 2014

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