Rapper Rick Ross is facing a paternity suit filed by Georgia woman Tyrisha Childers. The child in question is three years old.
Childers filed a suit in Broward County, Florida. She asserted that Ross was the father. She also claimed he failed to pay her child support.
Childers doesn't have much money, according to HipHopDX.com. She makes approximately $694 a month from disability payments. Ross claims that he's never slept with Childers and is not the father.
Ross is even willing to go as far as submitting to a DNA test to prove he didn't father Childers' three-year-old.
Determining paternity is important for many legal rights. A father's paternity may sometimes need to be established in order to get a child support order. It is also a factor when it comes to custody, inheritance, adoption, and health-care decisions.
There are some states that will presume paternity in certain circumstances. These include times when the man was married to the mother when the child was born or conceived. Or, when he married the mother after the child was born and agreed to support the child.
Once paternity is established the father may be obligated to pay child support to the mother. At the same time the father could also get visitation rights. He could potentially seek custody.
So if Ross is determined to be the father, he may need to pay up. But he does appear fairly confident. It seems he's more than willing to submit to a DNA test. This may indicate that he's sure that he's not the father of the child.
Rick Ross' paternity suit may end up defining Tyrisha Childers' future. The $694 a month she gets in disability may not be enough to support her and her child. And Ross may soon be making huge record sales. His album God Forgives, I Don't is expected to be released soon.