Child support and child custody are often issues between non-married couples as well as those who have ended a marriage in New York. To begin the process of custody for male parents, paternity must be officially established. Blake Griffin recently filed for paternity of his two children as he and his former fiancé began custody discussions.
Last fall, Los Angeles Clippers basketball player, Blake Griffin, publicized his relationship with Kendall Jenner, complicating the relationship with the mother of his children and former fiancé, Brynn Cameron. Although Griffin and Cameron ended their relationship, she reportedly remained in the house they shared until his relationship with Jenner began to develop. Once the relationship was established, Cameron moved out of their home, and Griffin began to explore custody arrangements.
To complicate discussions of child support, Griffin recently secured a contract to continue playing basketball for $173 million. Cameron reportedly countered Griffin's paternity claim by filing for joint custody and child support of their shared four-year-old son and one-year-old daughter. Additionally, her claim specified that she wanted the child support payments to be determined from his annual salary and not the lump sum of his contract payment.
Not every parent has millions in the bank when discussing child support, but it can still be a contentious battle. New York family law attorneys are skilled to assist parents with all levels of wealth to ensure financial stability for all involved children. Attorneys can advise parents from the beginning, such as filing to establish paternity, and they can further assist parents if agreements need amending as employment or income levels change throughout the years until all children reach the age of adulthood.
Source: clipperholics.com, "LA Clippers: Blake Griffin in nasty custody battle inspired by Kendall", Adrian Rivera, Dec. 29, 2017