Michael Jordan named in paternity lawsuit

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Support on Friday, March 8, 2013.

Many residents of the Chicago area in the late 1980s and early 1990s likely cheered for former Chicago Bulls basketball phenomenon Michael Jordan. Jordan was recently in the news as sports commentators throughout the nation remembered him on his 50th birthday. Now, he has made the news on another front, regarding a family law matter, seeking to have a paternity lawsuit that was recently filed against him dismissed.

The NBA hall of famer has been alleged to have fathered a 16-year-old boy living in another state. In addition to seeking a paternity test, the woman who filed the lawsuit is seeking child support for her son. She also wants to have her son’s last name changed on his birth certificate to Jordan.

The former MVP is not taking this allegation lying down. Citing the fact that paternity of the teen was apparently established a long time ago, he has requested the lawsuit be dismissed. At the time of the woman’s divorce from ex-husband, that man was reportedly determined to be the father of her now teenaged son. In addition to the dismissal, Jordan is seeking sanctions from the woman claiming that the allegations she has made are false.

Matters regarding paternity can be emotionally charged and happen throughout the state of Illinois regularly. Because of the ramifications tied to paternity cases it is important to work with a lawyer who handles these types of cases. This is particularly true when one of the individuals involved is in the spotlight and is wealthy like Jordan is. Whether this matter will be resolved soon remains to be seen. It is scheduled to be heard later this month.

Source: ABC News, “Jordan Files for Paternity Lawsuit to Be Dismissed,” Kate Brumback and Steve Reed, Associated Press, March 4, 2013

  • All family law matters are potentially difficult to address. Those regarding children are often the most contentious. Our firm handles similar situations to the one discussed in this post. If you would like to learn more about our practice, please visit our Chicago child support page.