Child support is an area of law that is receiving increased focus in Georgia
as Atlanta Falcons wide receiver, Roddy White, is allegedly named the
father of a young child. Now, the mother of the 4-month-old baby boy has
initiated a paternity lawsuit against White, and is seeking a child support order.
In August 2009, White signed a six-year $48 million contract with the
Falcons. The mother of the child has claimed in court papers that he should
be able to provide generous support for the child that is consistent with
his earnings. She has also asked the football player to take out a life
White's agent did not respond to the lawsuit.
If the football player does consent to paternity testing, the issue of
child support will be addressed if he is found to be the father. While
it is not unheard of for false claims of paternity to be made against
celebrities and athletes, the outcome of this case remains to be seen.
Those facing child support and family law issues in Georgia, whether in
the context of a divorce or otherwise, are often confused about the relevant
laws and procedures. Some are not sure which way to turn. Often, the best
first step is to seek legal advice to learn about one's rights and
responsibilities in handling these sometimes emotional and difficult situations.
Working with an attorney may prove to be beneficial to be sure that an
individual's rights are protected, while working towards a resolution
that is fair for all parties involved.