Pacers star Paul George seeks sole custody of daughter

After meeting in Florida, a New York woman says in court documents that a prenatal paternity test indicates that Indiana Pacers player Paul George is the biological father of her 2-month-old daughter. The basketball player plans to seek sole custody if an additional paternity test indicates that he is the father.

In February, George said that he would embrace fatherhood if there is legal confirmation that the child is his daughter. He is seeking to have the trial moved to Florida, and the case has been postponed until the jurisdiction is decided. If the case is moved to Florida, George requests that the mother is awarded less child support than the state guidelines if he is not ruled the custodial parent. In his petition for sole custody, George says that he has the resources and means to be a wholly engaged father, and that he is capable of caring for his daughter. The filing states that he is the most suitable parent to care for her every day and to make essential decisions for her in every aspect of her life. However, he will allow limited parental time sharing for the girl's mother.

George's petition also says that the mother is incapable of caring for their daughter because she does not have a job and refuses to get one. She also depends on others to care for the child, it adds. However, the mother's lawyer says that she does not have a job because she has a child. In her sole custody petition, she cites George's travel schedule as to why he would be an unfit parent.

In child custody cases, the court has the power to determine which parent is awarded custody based on the best interests of the child. The court may also decide on a plan for the parents to share time with the child.

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

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