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NBA player files for child custody

New York basketball fans may be interested to hear that Indiana Pacer player Paul George has taken legal steps to gain sole custody of his two-month-old daughter. A prenatal paternity test showed that George is most likely the father of the child, but he has agreed to take another test to prove his paternity. If he is the father of the baby, he wishes to take care of the child without sharing parental responsibilities with the mother.

George's petition for child custody outlines the reasons whey he should gain sole custody of his child. The petition says that the mother is not employed and not currently seeking employment, and George has the necessary resources to take care of the child. George also says that he is the parent who is most capable of making decision regarding the child's upbringing. If George does not receive sole custody, the petition requests that the mother receive less than the amount stipulated by state child support laws.

If George wins the case, the mother would have limited custodial time. The mother, meanwhile, has also filed for sole custody of the child. Her lawyer says that she is not working because she is busy taking care of her child. Additionally, the lawyer believes that George's travel schedule would hinder his ability to be a parent.

In child support and child custody disputes, a man may need to take a paternity test to establish that he is or is not the biological father of a child. The mother or the father can request that testing be done. If the mother and father were married at the time of the child's birth, a paternity test will, in most cases, not be necessary. Once paternity is established, a father has legal requirements to pay child support and can also file for child custody.

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

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