Establishing Paternity & Legitimation in Georgia
Establishing paternity and legitimation in Georgia, and anywhere, is important for your child. In today’s society many children are born to unmarried parents. In situations such as these, both parents need the assistance of the court to establish parental rights and responsibilities to their children. The process of legitimation and/or paternity is simply the courts’ attempt to place the child in the same position he or she would be if the parents had been married.
If you are not married to the mother of your child, your parental rights are not established until the process of legitimation has been completed. Once the process is complete, the child is entitled to inherit from you and you have the same rights to the child as the biological mother. This will include visitation, or, in cases where the court deems it to be the best interest of the child, primary custody.
Likewise, if you are not married to the biological father of your child, he is not responsible for providing financial support to the child until the court recognizes him as the father. You will not have the benefit of child support from the father until you have completed the process of paternity.
If the father of your child is reluctant to be a part of your child’s life, you owe it to your child to at least make him responsible for providing the financial support your child deserves. Filing paternity actions are just one of many ways Daniele Johnson & Associates fights to protect children.
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