Chris Rock is currently the subject of a paternity case for a 13-year-old boy, according to this article from CNN.com. The mother of the child has filed the case in Georgia, where she and the child reside. Rock is submitting to the court's jurisdiction (he lives in New Jersey) so that the matter can be determined. A more interesting question is why the mother waited so long to bring the action, and whether she would be able to get retroactive child support. In some states, retroactive child support can be awarded from the beginning of the child's life if the parents were not married, and from the date of separation if the parties are/were married. In Maryland, it is common to get retroactive support from the date that child support was requested (ie, filing), as there is usually a lag of several months before a child support order is entered.