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Bode Miller files paternity suit

When parents cannot get along, it can sometimes be left up to a family court to determine who will have custody of a child. Usually, one parent will be given primary custody, and the other will have visitation rights. In most cases, a child custody dispute does not begin until after a child is born, but that is not always the case.

Houston readers and sports fans may be interested to hear about an upcoming custody dispute between Olympic athlete Bode Miller and the mother of his not-yet-born baby.

Miller has already filed a suit to establish paternity and is seeking to assert his right to child custody. The mother has vowed to fight Miller's request for parental rights, stating that he has not contacted her during the entire pregnancy, and that he previously denied that the child was his. Since leaving his relationship with the mother, Miller has married a different woman.

Although the paternity of the child in this matter is not yet confirmed, the truth is that fathers do have rights to their children. Regardless of a father's inattention to an expectant mother, most courts will allow fathers and mothers to share parenting time; that is, if shared time is really in the best interests of the child.

In any case, prospective parents who are unsure about the paternity of their unborn child should be apprised of their legal rights prior to the birth if possible.

Source: TMZ.com, "Bode Miller's Baby Mama Bring on the Custody War," Jan. 21, 2013

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