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Basketball star George involved in child custody dispute

Even celebrities have to deal with paternity cases. All-star basketball player Paul George is seeking additional confirmation that he is the father of a New York woman's child; if that is determined the be the case, the man says that he will seek sole custody of the youngster. George, who plays for the Indiana Pacers basketball team, is seeking independent verification of paternity in the child custody case before any additional steps are taken.

Official reports show that George wants to assume custody of the child if it is his because the baby's mother is unemployed and apparently refuses to seek work in New York. Further, George says that he is better-prepared to care for the child and attend to her everyday needs, and he possesses better resources to act in the best interests of the child. George's courtroom petition also asks the judge to award only nominal child support payments if he is not given full custody of the child.

The mother of the girl has been living in Queens since the girl was born in early May. Attorneys for that woman say that she is unemployed because she has been caring for her 2-month-old child, not because of any refusal to seek gainful work. That attorney called the assertion "insulting to women."

So far, documentation submitted by the woman shows that the man is almost certainly the girl's father. However, it is prudent to obtain independent verification in such a custodial parent case. The DNA test will determine whether George is eligible for custody of this girl. It is conceivable, of course, that the test provided by the woman was intentionally adulterated. George and other fathers are wise to pursue their own DNA test before proceeding with a child custody negotiation.

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

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