Paul George seeks sole custody of child
Ohio basketball fans may have followed recent developments in a custody case involving Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George. George and the woman who gave birth to the two-month-old child are fighting for sole custody. A paternity test performed prior to the baby’s birth indicated a 99.9 percent probability that George was the father of the child. However, George is seeking further testing to ensure accuracy.
If the child is his, George is seeking sole custody on the grounds that he has the means and resources to make the best decisions for the child and care for her on a daily basis. Furthermore, his petition for custody states that the mother is unemployed and must depend on others for the child’s care.
The woman’s attorney has responded that the woman is unemployed because she is taking care of the baby who is only two months old. Currently, the mother and the child are living in New York with the woman’s family, but George has requested that the custody case be moved to Florida where he met the woman. He has also requested to pay less than Florida state guidelines for child support if he does not receive sole custody.
This case demonstrates how contentious child custody issues can become even when the parents are not married to one another. Traditionally, mothers were often granted sole custody, but this is changing. In general, the court makes a decision based on the best interests of the child. Increasingly, the trend is toward custody that is shared rather than one parent having full custody. However, where sole custody for fathers used to be more unusual, courts are awarding it more commonly now if it is found to be best for the child.
Source: USA Today, “Pacers’ Paul George wants sole custody if child is his“, June 30, 2014