Paternity Action Involving Football Player Brought in Florida

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Paternity on Wednesday, November 23, 2016.

Paternity is an important issue for children and families. A Florida woman has brought a paternity suit against professional football player Reggie Bush. The woman clams that the NFL running back fathered her unborn child and a long-term affair between the two has been speculated. The woman plans to pursue child support payments for the child from the football player. It has also been reported that the football player has been paying for the woman's living expenses and that she will be having a baby shower in Florida where the running back used to play football.

There are a number of important reasons to determine paternity of a child and child support and child custody considerations are among them. The child will also have access to family and medical history and may be eligible to receive certain benefits or inheritances because paternity was established.

In addition, there are emotional concerns and benefits associated with determining who the biological father of a child is. The family law system provides a process to determine who the biological father of the child is which will also establish the legal rights of the father which impacts the father, mother and child.

The mother of the child can bring a paternity action to determine paternity against the putative father and, in some circumstances, the father may wish to bring a paternity action to determine if he is the biological father of a child. Paternity is typically determined through a blood test utilizing DNA analysis which may be ordered by the court. Once paternity is determined, the court will issue an order and child support and child custody concerns can then be addressed. Paternity may be determined in other ways so it is important to be familiar with the paternity process.

Utilizing the family law process to help determine paternity has many important implications. As a result, it is helpful to be familiar with the process and how the family law system can help.

Source: Latin Times, "Reggie Bush Baby Drama: Latina Woman Claims Football Star Fathers Her Unborn Child," Tatayana Yomary, Nov. 4, 2016

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