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Michael Jordan denies paternity claim, seeks dismissal

Some Louisiana residents may have read about the paternity suit that Michael Jordan is currently facing. A woman is claiming that the former NBA star is the father of her 16-year-old son. Jordan has fervently denied the claim, and he and his attorney are pointing to the woman's divorce to show why he could not be the child's father.

According to court records, the woman got divorced 10 years ago. In the divorce papers that the woman signed, it says that the woman and her ex-husband had one child together, and the name of the 16-year-old boy is listed. Her ex was given visitation time and ordered to pay child support. The man could not be reached for comment.

Jordan and his attorney are hoping that the divorce papers will convince a judge to dismiss the lawsuit. Normally, a judge can order a person to submit to a paternity test with little evidence, but a case like this may be an exception since paternity seems to have already been established. Ordering Jordan to submit to a paternity test could violate the rights of the man who was considered the child's father in the divorce filing.

Understanding paternity is important for both parents involved but even more so for the child. A paternity ruling can lead to changes in child custody, child support and other family law issues. Because of this, it's important to work with an experienced attorney who can ensure that your rights and your best interests are protected.

Source: WAFB, "Michael Jordan wants paternity lawsuit dismissed," Kate Brumback and Steve Reed, March 4, 2013

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