Judge Says Singer McKnight Owes $341,640 in Back Child Support

Last updated on April 8, 2021

If you’re the target of any type of legal action and you don’t show up in court, you run the risk of losing by default. This is called a “default judgment.”

Earlier this month, R&B singer and late-night talk show host Brian McKnight learned that lesson the hard way: Because McKnight failed to respond to a paternity lawsuit, a Florida judge has issued a default judgment naming him the father of a 14-year-old boy and ordering him to pay $341,640 in back child support.

Miriam Lee, the mother of the 14 year-old, filed the paternity lawsuit against McKnight in Orange County, Florida, last year. In addition to seeking recognition of her McKnight’s paternity of her son, her lawsuit was a child support enforcement action against McKnight. Ms. Lee claimed 14 years of back child support at a rate of $11,388 a month — to reach a total of $341,640.

McKnight failed to file any documentation challenging Ms. Lee’s claims and did not appear in court. As a result, the judge was forced to rule in favor of Ms. Lee on every part of her claim. McKnight is now legally obligated to pay the nearly $350,000 in back child support — and to continue the payments — unless he is able to obtain a new or modified order from the judge.

A spokesman for Brian McKnight told TMZ.com that McKnight does not concede he is the father of Ms. Lee’s son.

“The judgment in Florida was a default judgment made without Brian present,” McKnight’s representative said. “He’s still looking to establish paternity, and is awaiting the results of a recent test.”

Should the paternity test turn out to be negative, McKnight could ask for the case to be reopened.

Related Resources:

Reach Out To Our Experienced Team For Help With Your Legal Issues

How The Siemon Law Firm Can Help

Contact our Georgia Family Law Firm by calling 770-888-5120 or by completing this contact form.

An attorney will respond within 24 business hours.

    Fields marked with an * are required

    I Have Read The Disclaimer *

    Our Office Locations

    Cumming, Georgia

    347 Dahlonega St #100,
    Cumming, GA 30040 770-888-5120 Cumming Law Office Map

    Marietta, Georgia

    1850 Parkway Pl Suite 715,
    Marietta, GA 30067 770-888-5312 Marietta Law Office Map

    Alpharetta, Georgia

    4555 Mansell Rd,
    Alpharetta, GA 30022
    770-888-5093 Alpharetta Law Office Map

    Atlanta, Georgia

    3400 Peachtree Rd NE Suite 555,
    Atlanta, GA 30326 770-888-5078 Atlanta Law Office Map