Some of our Colorado readers probably know that in a paternity action mothers can file a claim against the alleged father to seek financial support. The father, on the other hand, would be entitled to child visitation and parental responsibilities if paternity is established. But, a paternity case is not as easy as it may seem.
A recent paternity case involving an NBA star is a good example. According to reports, a 24-year-old woman has filed a paternity lawsuit against Indiana Pacers star Paul George, alleging that the basketball player is the father of her daughter. She stated that she met George in Miami, where she previously worked and that the two reportedly had a sexual relationship in August of 2013. The baby was born in May and the woman is requesting the court to order DNA testing to establish paternity. She is also seeking a legal declaration that the NBA star is the father of her daughter.
However, the woman is asking for sole custody of the child once paternity is established. The woman's legal representation argued that the professional responsibility of George as an NBA player prohibits him to be a fit and suitable parent for the newborn. However, George's spokesman stated that the NBA player is willing to accept responsibility and provide support once his legal relationship to the child is determined.
In Colorado, the legal relationship of a man to a child can be established through an agreement by the parents and DNA testing. Establishing paternity is not only important because of financial support from the father, but it also provides emotional support for the child that is necessary for normal development.
Source: New York Daily News, "Indiana Pacers star Paul George travels too much to be a child's primary caregiver, paternity suit claims," Barbara Ross, Daniel Beekman, June 24, 2014