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Basketball player doubts results of pre-birth paternity test

If a Pennsylvania married couple conceives a child, the legal presumption will be that the husband is the father of the child. Men who conceive a child out of wedlock may be required to make a showing to a family law court that they did in fact father that child, and men may also request paternity tests if they are trying to establish their rights to child custody or visitation. A pre-birth paternity test determined that Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George fathered a child with a woman whom he met in Florida, but the basketball player is questioning the accuracy of the test.

Despite the fact that the prenatal test is accurate to 99.9 percent, George wants to take another paternity test now that the baby has been born. The woman, who gave birth on May 1, recently started living with her family in New York. George says that if a second test shows that he fathered the woman's baby, then he should have sole physical custody. The woman disagrees, saying that the basketball player's travel schedule would make him an inappropriate choice for a full-time parent.

George says that the mother cannot properly care for her child given that she is not seeking employment and that she relies on the help of others for child care. The woman's attorney says the mother is unable to be job hunting within less than two months after giving birth to and while caring for an infant.

George wants to have the trial proceedings transferred to Florida, and if he is not given sole custody, he intends to ask a judge to order that he pay a lower amount of child support than what the guidelines suggest. Once support orders have already been made, parents may still ask an attorney to help them seek a modification if they have experienced a significant change in financial circumstances.

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

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