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 insurance policy.
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.