NBA star Paul George and his baby’s mother are close to finalizing a “joint parenting, joint decision-making” resolution over their 5-month-old daughter, his lawyer said. Amber Sutherland and Lia Eustachewich report for the New York Post.
But last Thursday, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper joked it was a “love fest” between the parents and said he was pleased to see them chatting before the hearing began. George, 24, and Rajic looked like “two people who understand they’re going to be tied together for a real long time,” Cooper said.
“They will both be participating in their daughter’s life, and that makes me feel extremely gratified. I am very pleased that this case has moved forward the way it has,” he added.
Cooper previously skewered George — who has not yet met his daughter — for dodging the paternity suit by not showing up for court dates, despite attending press conferences and traveling.
“He has gone to every length imaginable to avoid taking responsibility for his actions,” the judge wrote in a September ruling.
The player’s new attorney, Harriet N. Cohen, said, “Paul George is looking forward to a very, very wonderful relationship with his daughter.”
The parents won’t be required to come back to court as long as they finalize the resolution, which also includes child support.
Last May, Rajic slapped the pro athlete with a paternity suit in Manhattan Family Court and moved back to her parents’ home in Queens. George shot back with his own suit, filed in Florida, seeking full custody of Olivia. He claimed that shared custody would be “detrimental” to the child because Rajic is unemployed.
The gorgeous 24-year-old worked as a dancer at Tootsie’s Cabaret in Miami before meeting George and dating the young star for a few months. Now, Rajic is a full-time mother. “I’m happy everything’s resolved and is moving forward. We’ll be wonderful parents,” she beamed.
George is recovering after breaking his right leg during practice with Team USA in August.
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“So excited to make my debut as Mrs. John Molner!” Couric tweeted shortly after saying “I do.”
The couple were feted by close family and friends for an intimate ceremony, which was held at their home. The blushing bride wore an ivory crystal beaded and embroidered Chantilly lace halter gown designed by Carmen Marc Valvo.
Couric’s daughter’s Ellie, 22, and Carrie, 17, were in attendance as well as Molner’s children Allie and Henry. The groom’s nieces and nephews were ring bearers and flower girls for the special occasion.
The veteran television journalist, 57, got engaged to financier Molner, 51, in September 2013 after nearly two years of dating, and shared a glimpse of her new engagement ring for the first time while attending the US Open that month in New York. In January, Couric revealed her summer wedding plans while celebrating Howard Stern’s 60th birthday party in NYC.
This is the second marriage for both Couric and Molner. Her first husband, Jay Monahan, died in 1998 of colon cancer; the pair had daughters Ellie and Carrie. Molner is divorced from his first wife, Jane.
Orlando family lawyer Jeffrey Feulner was privileged to meet Couric while she promoted her show “Katie” in 2012. Attorney Feulner, who is a men’s rights attorney, was happy to hear Couric say that single fathers should be praised for their efforts just as single mothers are.