Football star Mike Goodson is facing considerable off-field opposition after a woman has taken him to court regarding paternity issues. The woman, a Texas resident, is suing the football player for retroactive child support. She claims he fathered four children with her in a six-year window between 2005 and 2011.
This is not the troubled athlete's first run-in with legal issues this year. Goodson, a running back for the Jets, was recently arrested in connection with weapon and drug charges, making the paternity suit and associated child support issues the latest in a string of difficulties. The mother of Goodson's alleged children already took him to court in 2010, and he is purported to owe $7000 in legal fees from the original case, in addition to further lump-sum payments she is seeking currently.
Paternity suits are also not new for Goodson, who has twice had suits filed against him in addition to the current litigation. Should the Texas court find in favor of the woman and her children, he could be facing child support payments in addition to health insurance costs. No court date has yet been set for the child support case, though Goodson will be appearing in court in early June to face the aforementioned weapon and drug charges.
Texas courts take child support obligations seriously. The welfare of children is principal in the minds of judges, and those who rescind on their responsibilities can be dealt with harshly. It is important for any Texas resident seeking a child support suit to fully understand their own responsibilities and rights under Texas law in order to ensure an equitable solution is reached that benefits the children first and foremost.
Source: New York Post, "Jets' Goodson in more trouble," Bart Hubbuch, June 2, 2013