Hunter Biden Paternity Test
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden is one of the most recent public figures to have a paternity test admitted as evidence in a court of law. On November 20, 2019, attorneys representing 28-year-old Lunden Roberts filed a motion in Arkansas Circuit Court regarding Hunter Biden’s paternity of her child born in August 2018, known as “Baby Doe.” The motion stated that DNA testing in Arkansas “has established with scientific certainty that the defendant is the father of the plaintiff’s child.”
What does the court filing mean, and what type of paternity test did Lunden Roberts’ attorneys submit to the Arkansas court?
Arkansas law says that when children are born to unmarried parents, there’s no legal relationship between a father and a child. An unmarried father’s name won’t be recorded on a birth certificate unless he has signed an Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP). If the father hasn’t signed an AOP, he could be subject to genetic testing to determine whether he is the biological father of a child.
Arkansas courts specify a process for paternity testing and paternity orders in child support lawsuits. Lunden Roberts originally filed her lawsuit in May 2019 asking for a paternity order, child support and medical care for “Baby Doe,” stating that Hunter Biden was the baby’s father. This started the process that led to the DNA paternity test and results.
The November court filing said that Hunter Biden wasn’t expected to challenge the results of the legal DNA test or the testing process.
“Baby Doe,” financial turmoil, and legal controversy
More controversy emerged between attorneys representing “Baby Doe’s” mother Lunden Roberts and Hunter Biden and his legal team. In addition to requesting a paternity order, Lunden’s attorneys asked that case records be sealed from public access for “Baby Doe’s” safety. As the potential grandchild of a former Vice President and current Presidential candidate, Lunden’s attorneys alleged that “Baby Doe” would be at “risk of harm for the same reasons the Biden family is protected by the United States Secret Service.”
On December 6, Independence County Circuit Court Judge Don McSpadden gave Hunter Biden and Lunden Roberts both 10 days to file complete financial records with the court. Some news outlets portrayed the ruling as controversial, but it’s standard practice in family court cases nationwide. Roberts and Biden both needed to file an Affidavit of Financial Means and all supporting documents for the last five years of income, including tips, gifts, and bonuses.
Hunter Biden’s attorneys withdrew from the case
News reports that a Ukrainian energy company called Burisma paid a company that Hunter Biden headed over $3.4 million between November 2014 and November 2015 could influence court decisions regarding child support for “Baby Doe.” Reports state that Biden personally received between $50,000 and $83,333 a month from Burisma between April 2014 and April 2019 while he served as a board member.
Lunden Roberts attended a court hearing on December 2, but Hunter Biden was absent. On December 4, Biden’s attorneys announced they were withdrawing from the case due to an “irreconcilable conflict.”
Hunter Biden reportedly denied knowing Lunden Roberts until “Baby Doe’s” DNA paternity test
Although Hunter Biden initially denied knowledge of Lunden Roberts and “Baby Doe,” a separate motion filed on December 4 said that Hunter Biden “is not contesting paternity.” It’s unknown whether the DNA test admitted in Arkansas court was conducted with Biden’s agreement or without it. Other public figures like current Cabinet Secretary Ben Carson have refused paternity tests.
Lunden Roberts is a 2014 graduate from Arkansas State University, and attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where according to her attorneys, she met Hunter Biden. Roberts lives in Southside, Arkansas with her toddler.
Privacy and Court Proceedings
Biden’s financial records probably won’t be revealed to the public because of this paternity suit, because Judge McSpadden ordered that financial and other records should be sealed to protect the privacy of “Baby Doe.”
Setting what he anticipated as being the final hearing in the case, Judge McSpadden wrote, “My major and main if not only concern is this child … Hopefully, the parties will see fit to look out for the interest of this child.” The January 2020 hearing is expected to decide “Baby Doe’s” paternity and establish child support, custody, and visitation orders.
When asked by ABC News about how much money he was paid by the Ukrainian energy company between April 2014 and April 2019, Biden said:
“Look, I’m a private citizen… One thing that I don’t have to do is sit here and open my kimono as it relates to how much money I make or make or did or didn’t.” – Hunter Biden
One can only imagine that if Biden had kept his kimono closed in the first place, he wouldn’t be in this situation.