Does Conan O’Brien Have an Illegitimate Son?

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A YouTube video has surfaced that claims Greg Keating is Conan O’Brien’s illegitimate son. The video was created by Keating, who has a striking resemblance to the late-night comedian, in what seems to be an attempt to kindle a father son relationship (or at least fund his college education).

We regularly handle paternity cases and are well versed in how custody and support laws might be applied in a similar situation.

The two biggest questions that arise in this situation are:

  • How is paternity established and
  • will Conan be responsible for back child support?

While laws will vary from state to state, it is interesting to explore how this situation might play out in Washington.

Given that Keating was conceived in 1993 he is close to 21 years old. This won’t affect establishing paternity, but it will factor into any financial support he might be seeking.

There are four ways that paternity is established in Washington.

  • First is marriage. If the mother and biological father are married before the child is born there is presumption of parentage. The spouse will be considered the legal parent unless one parent (or other interested party) challenges the presumption.
  • Being in a registered domestic partnership functions much like marriage in regards to establishing paternity. The registered domestic partner is presumed to be the legal parent unless the parentage is challenged.
  • Those not married or in a registered domestic partnership can establish parentage by signing a Paternity Acknowledgment form. The man who signs the form is considered the legal father once the form is signed, notarized, and filed with the Washington State Department of Health.
  • Finally, paternity can be established by a court order. Often the court will require genetic testing to determine if the man is in fact the biological father. It is most likely that Conan will have a genetic test done to determine if he is indeed Keating’s biological father.

The second question that comes up in this scenario relates to support. In Washington there is a five-year statute of limitation. That means that if Keating is O’Brien’s son he may be required to pay back support. In this case, under Washington State laws, O’Brien would only be responsible for 2 years of support.

Since Keating is 21 and the statute of limitations is 5 years, that means the support obligation would start at age 16.

Due to the fact that support ceases at age 18, the result is a potential obligation of 2 years.

Given O’Brien’s high income this could produce enough money to substantially fund Keating’s college education.

 It will be interesting to see how Mr. O’Brien handles the allegations of paternity and subsequently the results of a possible genetic test. You can check out Keating’s video below and decide for yourself if you think Team Coco might be his dad. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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