When a person dies, the public tends to focus on the many details of their lives, including their successes and potential scandals. Last week, an American and all-around business legend died. Steve Jobs' passing rocked the nation, but the genius was more than that, he was also part of a modern family.
International Business Times reports on a more personal side of the public, yet private figure. Many people are familiar with the educational and professional background of Jobs, but less are aware of the reported fact that he was involved in a paternity dispute during his twenties.
According to reports, Jobs and his high-school girlfriend conceived a daughter, an outcome that Jobs supposedly didn't think was possible at the time. Sources indicate that Jobs told the courts that he was infertile. He reportedly denied his paternity for a couple of years and only formed a relationship with his daughter when she got a bit older.
Our resource doesn't disclose whether details regarding child support were ever reached in the family law case. And now that Jobs has passed away, it would be interesting to learn whether he left anything behind from his estate to his biological daughter.
While we don't know all of the details of this somewhat hidden paternity case, it's important for others involved in such disputes to know their rights. Children deserve the financial support from their biological parents. A paternity test is a simple way to confirm paternity and prove to a court that a parent has a duty to pay child support.
On the other side of that matter, a paternity test can also protect a person from being forced to pay support to a child who is not truly theirs. The support that a child has a right to can make a big impact on a person's life, meaning it is only fair for supposed fathers to know whether they are, in fact, biological parents.
International Business Times: "Steve Jobs' Daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs, the Girl Who Was Denied Paternity," Kukil Bora, Oct. 7, 2011