Parents and basketball fans in Illinois might take an interest in the following current custody battle. Court documents state that Indiana Pacer and NBA All-Star Paul George has filed for sole custody of an infant girl that he may have fathered with a woman in New York pending the results of a paternity test. A prenatal test said that he was the father with a probability of 99.9 percent, but he reportedly had concerns regarding the original test’s methodology and sought a second opinion.

His petition claims that he is best suited to make decisions for the 2-month-old girl and care for her on a daily basis while alleging that the mother’s unemployment, which her lawyer attributes to her new status as a parent, and need for outside help make her unfit for primary care. It does, however, allow limited sharing of parental time for the girl. The petition opposes an earlier one from the mother, which included his travel schedule among other reasons to award sole custody to her.

Jurisdiction is pending a judge’s decision, but the putative father has requested a move to Florida, as the two met in that state. In the event that he is not awarded custody, the suit requests that the mother’s child support award be lower than that outlined in Florida’s laws.

Although employment and resources to support a baby are important factors when considering child custody, many other factors will be considered before the court makes a decision. Ultimately, the question is not the parent’s income, but the child’s best interest. The judge’s job is to determine what custody arrangement will be best for the child and then to dispense whatever child support is required by law and necessary for the child’s wellbeing.

Source: INDY Star, “Woman seeks sole custody of child she said was fathered by Pacers’ Paul George,” June 30, 2014

Source: INDY Star, “Pacers’ Paul George seeks sole custody of child“, June 30, 2014