Did anyone else read the article about Terius Gray, a.k.a. Juvenile, and his demand for a paternity test? He is speaking out that the paternity test is not intended to discount his love for his alleged 13 year old son, but rather a procedural step to get custody of the child. Others are speculating the real truth behind the desire for a DNA paternity test is so that he can possibly get off the hook for child support payments. He allegedly owes $160,000 in back child support and a warrant was issued for his arrest in February. *Source http://www.artistdirect.com/entertainment-news/article/juvenile-not-sure-13-year-old-son-is-his/10036798
Juvenile states he never signed the birth certificate when the baby was born. Juvenile’s case will be handled in Louisiana, his home state. According to CLASP, Center for Law and Social Policy, disestablishing paternity of non-marital children varies state by state. For Louisiana, there is no process specified. At any time, an involved party can petition the court to void the acknowledgment based on fraud, duress, material mistake of fact or that the person is not the biological parent of the child. *Source http://www.clasp.org/admin/site/publications/files/0111.pdf According to the LA process, Juvenile is totally within the boundaries declared by the state to get his child support withdrawn. As much as we hate to hear about children being neglected by means of child support, we understand that there are situations where paternity fraud is to blame and we encourage anyone questioning paternity to get tested.
I dug a little deeper into Juvenile and found that this isn’t his first paternity suit. Back in 2004, a DNA test was conducted in Georgia to prove Juvenile was the biological father of his alleged daughter, again to whom he owed back child support. The case is said to have been resolved pleasantly by both parties and paternity was proven. Sadly, his daughter was murdered along with her mother and older half-sister in 2008. *Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juvenile_(rapper)
When I hear of situations like the one described above, I can’t help but picture the typical “lifestyle” of a rapper portrayed on TV – complete with expensive cars, mansions, pools, bankrolls and designer clothes while also seeing a child and single mother struggling to make ends meet without the help of a financially capable father. I think we can unfortunately conclude from this newsflash, some people view paternity answers not as music to the ears but rather drains to the wallet. We can all hope that this situation ends well and a child is provided for both financially and emotionally by his biological father.