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Atlanta mother claims Michael Jordan fathered her son

North Carolina residents who follow celebrity news may have heard about the Atlanta woman who claims that she has a son fathered by Michael Jordan 16 years ago; she has recently filed a lawsuit against the former NBA star. Court documents indicate that she had sex with Jordan, the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, during his marriage to his ex-wife in 1995, and their son was born in 1996. She gave the boy the basketball legend's last name as one of his middle names. She is now asking for child support and medical expenses, and she additionally wants the teen's last name changed to match Jordan's

Mr. Jordan was married to his wife of 17 years at the time the woman claims he fathered her son, but that marriage dissolved in 2006. The couple has three children. Mr. Jordan is now engaged and has recently bought a home on Lake Norman.

The woman has reportedly not retained the services of a lawyer and was not available for comment. Nevertheless, a court date has been scheduled for mid-March.

A paternity lawsuit brings up numerous questions that the individuals involved sometimes hesitate to answer. While the woman may think she can save money by filing her claim against Jordan without the help of a family attorney, she may face several challenges in court. The challenges could become even greater due to the fact that the alleged father of her child is famous and wealthy. An attorney provides invaluable guidance on how to proceed with a lawsuit, especially as it relates to taking the case to court or negotiating a settlement out of court. In addition, the father may retain his own attorney in order to secure a ruling in his favor.

Source: News Observer, "Woman files paternity suit against Michael Jordan," March 1, 2013

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