The mother of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who shot and killed his girlfriend before killing himself, has confirmed that the athlete had doubts about the paternity of this child.  Investigators are probing this fact to determine whether such concerns were at the root of the horrible tragedy.

On December 1, 2012, the football player died in a murder-suicide, in which he first killed his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kassandra Perkins before turning the gun on himself fatally.  Investigations into the murder-suicide have begun, but now new information has emerged that Belcher questioned the paternity of his child.  His mother told investigators that he doubted that he was the biological father of the child who is now 3 months old.  There seem to have issues between Perkins and Belcher over this issue.  Investigations are likely to probe that angle.

Meanwhile, the NFL and NFL Players Association have come to a bargaining agreement, under which the 3-month-old child will be supported through college.  Currently, Belcher’s mother has custody of the child, but Perkins’ family has also indicated that they would like to be involved in her upbringing.

A family lawyer knows that issues involving paternity can be very traumatic.  They’re also highly emotional.  Determining paternity is very important when you’re applying for.  child support payments.  They’re also very important when you need to define the visitation rights of the father.  A women who wants to claim child support payments for her child must file a paternity suit, but for this, proving paternity through a DNA test is crucial.

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