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Jessica Simpson and fiancé Eric Johnson are expecting a second child in 2013. Rumors about the suspected pregnancy began before Christmas as Simpson (who is a Weight Watchers celebrity endorser) struggled to maintain the weight loss as part of her $4 million deal. She reportedly lost more than 50 pounds since signing on with the weight loss organization early in 2012.
Simpson confirmed the rumors by tweeting a picture of her daughter Maxwell sitting on the beach in Christmas pajamas with the words “BIG SIS” scrawled in the sand. She also tweeted a photo of her belly confirming that she is about four months along.
While the prospect of baby names (and the baby’s official birth date) will make for interesting fodder in the coming months, the couple’s second child also creates interesting legal questions. After all, Johnson and Simpson are not married, even though a wedding ceremony has been in the works for over a year.
As a matter of law, children born to single parents are treated differently than those born to married parents. Essentially, a single mother has sole legal and sole physical custody of the child until the father formally petitions for custody and parenting time. Conversely, a married mother shares joint legal and physical custody with the father, and no paternity (or custody) petition would be required to establish rights.
Paternity questions can raise unexpected emotional issues, especially when there is more than one potential father. If you have questions about paternity issues, an experienced family law attorney can help.
Source: HuffingtonPost.com, Jessica Simpson pregnant: singer confirms pregnancy with holiday photo, December 25, 2012
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