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Michael Jordan wins second paternity lawsuit

Some National Basketball Association players, not only dominate on a basketball court, but also in a court of law.

St. Charles, Missouri, basketball fans may be thrilled to learn that former NBA great, Michael Jordan, has won the second of two paternity lawsuits filed against him. Charges were dismissed in the second paternity lawsuit involving Jordan this year.

The first lawsuit was dropped by the plaintiff. His most recent victory was against a 30-year-old woman who had claimed that Jordan fathered her 3-year-old daughter. However, the court refused to hear the case after a previous paternity test confirmed that the child is the daughter of another man who goes by the name Hubert Henderson, Jr. In her defense though, the woman claimed that Michael Jordan used that name as an alias. After dismissing the case, the judge ordered her to pay Jordan's legal costs.

Earlier this year, another woman filed a paternity case against Jordan, seeking child support for her teenage son. Even though she dropped the lawsuit, Jordan countersued for legal expenses and she ended up paying, scoring another legal victory for Jordan.

Establishing the correct paternity of a child is a very important legal matter because it involves the best interests of the child. The process can help a father gain and sustain parental rights, thereby allowing a healthy relationship with his child a chance to develop. A mother may request a paternity test to recover child support from her child's father, legally compelling the father to share the child's upbringing.

Conversely, if a man is not the biological father of a child, he should not be held legally responsible for that child. While it may be ideal for a child to grow up knowing his or her father, paternity fraud will compromise the rights of all involved. To establish or contest a paternity claim, it is important to understand local laws. Paternity cases are handled differently in each state and it may be practical to seek legal help.

Source: Atlanta Daily World, "Michael Jordan Has Second 2013 Atlanta Paternity Case Dismissed," Nov. 19, 2013

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