The mother of a 16-year-old boy has filed suit alleging that Michael Jordan is her son’s father. She is asking for a court-ordered paternity test, legal name change for her son, issuance of a new birth certificate correcting the listed father and Jordan’s payment of child support. The woman’s publicist stated that the lawsuit was prompted by the woman’s son desiring to know his father and spend time with him.
Lawyers for Michael Jordan have filed a motion asking for the court to dismiss the claims. Jordan claims that paternity was “conclusively established” for the child in a prior court action, and the father of record is listed as the plaintiff’s ex-husband. Jordan’s official statement to the Associated Press referenced a counter-suit, which requests the court to issues sanctions for the false claims.
The case is scheduled to be heard on March 12, 2013, and it may be held in a closed court, per the mother’s request, to prevent disclosure of the boy’s identity. The woman had not retained legal counsel at the time of the report. Her publicist stated that the boy was conceived following a meeting with Jordan in the late 1980s.
Paternity cases in California or any other state are often highly contested, and cases involving a celebrity may be even more contentious. They pit the defendant’s right to privacy against the plaintiff’s right to collect the evidence necessary to access child support from the biologic father. With the high stakes involved in such lawsuits, both parties may benefit from the assistance of a lawyer who has experience with paternity lawsuits.
Source: USA Today, “Michael Jordan files to dismiss paternity lawsuit,” March 4, 2013