Hip-hop fans in California likely know Tramar Lancel Dillard better by his stage name Flo Rida, and they may be aware that the 37-year-old rapper and songwriter became embroiled in a paternity and child custody dispute with a woman in September 2014. The woman sued Dillard claiming that he had made her pregnant and urged her to get an abortion, and a court-ordered paternity test subsequently proved him to be the father.
Celebrity gossip websites became interested in Dillard again on April 20 when a woman made similar allegations in court papers filed in New York. The woman says that she became pregnant after becoming involved in an affair with Dillard in December 2015 and gave birth to a baby boy in September 2016. As with the earlier case, a paternity test has proved that the rapper is the child’s father according to reports.
However, Dillard has yet to acknowledge that the boy is his, and the rapper’s representatives had little to say about the matter when questioned by reporters. The woman says that the child suffers from hydrocephalus and is seeking a child support order retroactive to his date of birth to help pay for his upbringing and medical expenses. Hydrocephalus, which is also known as water on the brain, is a painful condition caused by accumulations of cerebrospinal fluid.
Experienced family law attorneys may pursue child support matters vigorously when children suffer from serious medical conditions and noncustodial parents are reluctant to accept their responsibilities. When child support orders are being willfully ignored by noncustodial parents, attorneys could seek to have their assets seized or their paychecks garnished. Child support laws are designed to protect children and prevent them from becoming burdens on the state, and the ccourts tend to have little sympathy for parents who have failed to meet their court-ordered obligations.