It doesn't matter if you are a celebrity, a famous athlete or just a regular person, paternity must be proven by a DNA test. Accepting responsibility for a child is a big step and one that must not be taken lightly. In the case of Paul George, a National Basketball Association player for the Indiana Pacers, it seems he has admitted that he has a child that he wants to accept full responsibility for.
He and woman he met at a club have had their paternity case transferred from the Manhattan Supreme Court to the Manhattan Federal Court because George is from Indiana, not New York. The mother of his alleged child is from Queens, New York.
The baby was born on May 1, 2014. The mother claims that the basketball player is not fit for custody of the child. His employment requires a great deal of travel, and therefore, prevents him from settling in one location and aising a child properly, according to the mother. She also said that even during the off season, the star player is constantly traveling and this lifestyle does not offer stability or an environment that a child could grow in and be healthy, happy and well-adjusted.
The couple allegedly had a private paternity test done, and it is said to have proved 99.9 percent true that Paul George is the newborn's father. Both parents are 24 years old and seem to want what is best for the baby.
A spokesperson for Mr. George said that since Paul is an all-star basketball player, the media is making more of this than there is. He iterated that George wants to step up to the plate and provide for the child if and when it has been legally and lawfully proven that the baby is indeed his.
When you face a paternity issue, you may want to have a professional by your side to assist you. It's important to know what is required in Texas to prove paternity, as well as the rights and responsibilities that accompany it.
Source: New York Post, "Indiana Pacers star Paul George travels too much to be a child's primary caregiver, paternity suit claims," June 24, 2014