As some Texans know, fame and fortune is not always a day at the beach. It can cause many problems, including unwanted attention. Some people try to exploit celebrities and do everything in their power – including filing bogus lawsuits – in their search for easy money. This year alone, two women have filing false paternity claims against former NBA star Michael Jordan. The second case was recently dismissed.
The recent claim was brought about by a 30-year-old woman from Atlanta, who claimed that Jordan fathered her daughter, now 3 years old. A paternity test showed that another man was the father, and the court threw out the case in early November. The woman was forced to pay more than $6,500 to cover Jordan’s attorney costs.
The first paternity suit against Jordan was in early 2013. A woman claimed Jordan had fathered her teenage son and was seeking child support. She eventually dropped the claim, but Jordan countersued and the woman was forced to pay nearly $10,000 in legal expenses incurred by Jordan.
Many women commit paternity fraud because they either may not know who the father is, or they may have already established paternity, but the father is unwilling or unable to financially support the child. As seen in these cases, though, filing false lawsuits is not beneficial. It is a waste of time and money to the court systems, as well as to the celebrities who are being falsely accused.
There are many resources available to those who want to file a paternity suit but are financially unable to do so. Some child support agencies will file them free of charge. However, it is a good idea to first explore all the options available to get child support. If the father is employed, his wages can be garnished and liens can be placed on his property.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Woman ordered to pay Jordan’s legal fees in paternity case” Alexis Stevens, Nov. 18, 2013