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Paternity case is filed against Michael Jordan

Readers from St. Charles, Missouri, may be aware that basketball players are often regarded as esteemed celebrities. Even after their professional careers in basketball have ended, their popularity often continues.

Missouri basketball fans may be familiar with Michael Jordan, a famous basketball player who retired several years ago. A woman has filed a paternity lawsuit against him, alleging that he is the father of her 16-year-old son. The mother also agreed to allow Michael Jordan to undergo a paternity test to support her allegations. The lawsuit is seeking medical expenses and child support from the former basketball player.

The woman filed the paternity lawsuit in Georgia, attempting to get Jordan to recognize his legal responsibility for the boy. The mother stated that she got pregnant in 1995 and gave birth to her son in 1996. At that time, the basketball star was married to his now ex-wife.

Supposedly, Jordan believes that he is the teenager's father and has spoken with him. The teenager reportedly wants his father to be a part of his life. However, according to the lawsuit, the mother wants to retain full custody of her son. She is also requesting that her son's name be legally changed to Jordan.

Paternity cases come up sometimes when the custodial parent wants the child to be recognized by the biological father. Under those circumstances, proving the paternity may be very important. Paternity may establish the legal relationship of the child to the father and can be proved through DNA testing. Once the paternity is proven, the father may be responsible for paying child support for the child.

In some cases, paternity may also entitle the father to seeking child custody and visitation rights. No matter how complicated paternity cases are, establishing paternity may be in the best interests of the child involved, even though they may be fraught with emotion by all parties.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times, "Woman sues Michael Jordan, say he's father of 16-year-old son," Dan Rozek, Mar. 1, 2013

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