NBA player Paul George, familiar to Minnesota Timberwolves fans, is asking that he be given full custody of his child if paternity tests determine that he is the father. While a prenatal test determined with a 99.9 percent probability that he was the father of the child, there were questions as to the test’s accuracy. George has said that he would embrace the results if a second test confirmed the results of the first test.
According to a custody petition filed by the athlete, he claims that he should have his request granted because he has the resources to take care of the child, the baby’s mother reportedly is unemployed and because he can be there and make decisions for his child on a daily basis. The mother says that George should not receive custody because of his travel schedule. Her attorney claims that she is unemployed because she is caring for the child.
George is asking that the case be moved to Florida where they met from New York where the mother lives. A judge is currently deciding the jurisdiction issue before the case can move forward. The Pacers star is asking the mother of the child have limited visitation rights. However, if he is not named the custodial parent of the child, he requests that the mother receive less support than what Florida guidelines call for.
In a child custody case, the best interest of the child will always be the top priority. In this specific case, a judge will have to weigh Paul George’s ability to provide for the child financially against his having to travel frequently.
Source: INDY Star, “Pacers’ Paul George seeks sole custody of child“, June 30, 2014