Parts of Dell's factual recitation are implausible too.He claims that Lakshmi "failed" to identify Dell as Krishna's father on her birth certificate.In fact, because the parents were not married, and because (as Dell acknowledges) they did not sign a form establishing Dell as the father, Lakshmi could not have listed Dell even if she'd wanted to do so. And the story of a lawsuit's papers is almost never the story of the people involved.Dell either believes the only way he can get to his daughter is to fire a cannon at her mother, or he wants to punish Lakshmi, regardless of what's best for Krishna. "Unambitious" Dell, by contrast, has an "extremely flexible" schedule and will put Krishna's "needs above his own." Some unusual details of this litigation show that Dell's goal is not to win in court.His interest in custody, sincere though it may be, is smaller than his desire to frighten Lakshmi into settling out of court—and on his terms.Dell states disingenuously that "there can be no reasonable objection to the change of name proposed," but there are obvious objections.
This is the state's general trial court, where documents and cases are publicly available and easily accessible: A search term and 30 seconds gets you the court papers.Typically, high-profile, big-money family law cases settle before any papers are filed, but unmarried parents who do end up litigating in New York commonly go to Family Court, where cases are not displayed online.Furthermore, one of his lawyers spoke to the press immediately upon filing suit, making the details of this case as well-known as possible.The other requests reflect negotiation tactics, not what Dell really wants.He is extremely unlikely to obtain full custody of Krishna, and Dell acknowledges he doesn't want it.