A 33-year-old Knoxville, Tenn. man with 30 children appeared in court this week to ask the state for child-support help, Memphis news station WREG reported Wednesday.
Desmond Hatchett has fathered 30 children -- which is believed to be the record in Knox county, according to the Los Angeles Times -- with 11 different women. His youngest children are toddlers and his oldest is 14.
Hatchett reportedly asked the court to give him a break on his payments, claiming that he's struggling to make ends meet with his minimum-wage job. Currently, the state requires him to divide 50 percent of his earnings among the 11 women, some of whom receive as little as $1.49 a month, WREG reports.
How did Hatchett come to father so many children? “I had four kids in the same year. Twice," he told Volunteer TV in 2009. He also told a local news station that year that he was "done" having kids (he had only 21 at the time).
Hatchett isn't the only serial father to make headlines. NFL player Antonio Cromartie, 28, famously fathered 10 children by eight women in six states.
Click through the slideshow to see famous fathers who have custody of their kids:
In March 2011, a Chicago court awarded NBA star Dwayne Wade sole "care, custody and control" of his two sons, following a bitter custody battle with ex-wife Siohvaughn Wade. At the time of the ruling, the Miami Heat player told the Associated Press that "a huge weight is off my back." Wade added: "My life changed in a huge way. Mentally, I've been preparing for it for over a year now. To me, it's bigger than that. For me, it shows a lot of people that you need to fight to be in your kids' lives sometimes. You fight until you can't fight any more. That's all I was trying to be, a father in his kids' lives."
In June 2011, Jesse James was awarded sole custody of his then seven-year-old daughter Sunny, bringing to a close an extended court battle with ex-wife Janine Lindemulder. The "Outlaw Garage" star recently tweeted a photo of Sunny inking his wrist with her name.
In July 2008, Britney Spears ended her custody battle with her ex-husband, Kevin Federline, agreeing to give him sole legal and physical custody of their two sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James. Spears would continue to have visitation rights. Since then, the couple have reportedly moved closer to shared custody.
Lenny Kravitz's daughter, Zoe, lived with his ex-wife Lisa Bonet until the age of 11. After that, Kravitz reportedly received primary custody of Zoe, with Bonet spending summers with the teen. In September 2007, Kravitz told the Washington Post about his life with Zoe, who is now 23 and a burgeoning actress and model. "Watching my daughter grow up is the highlight of everything," the rockstar said.
Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo announced the birth of a son, Cristiano Jr., in June 2010. The identity of the boy's mother is unknown and the Real Madrid player said he had "exclusive guardianship" of the child. Last month, the soccer player raised eyebrows when he was photographed driving his Lamborghini with his 22-month-old son sitting on his lap.