Legitimation enables the father of a child born out of wedlock to obtain legal rights to the child. Legitimation can be achieved in three ways:
- By the mutual consent of both parents on the Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgement form
- By court order, should one parent contest legitimation
- By marriage of the father and mother
After a child is legitimated, an unmarried father can seek custody or visitation rights, though the granting of such rights is not automatic and must be obtained through the issuance of a court order.
In 2015, Georgia enacted new streamlined legitimation procedures. Provided that both parents agree, legitimation can now occur at the same time that paternity is acknowledged. No court hearing is required.
At Burns Law Group, PC, in Canton, we provide representation for both fathers and mothers in legitimation matters. Call us at 770-956-1400 to learn more about the Georgia legitimation process and how our family law attorneys can help you.
Representation For Fathers
If you wish to become legally recognized as the father of a child and the mother is contesting the action, our firm can represent you. Legitimation may enable you to obtain custody or visitation rights, and there is no presumption in favor of the mother. Be advised, however, that obtaining custody and visitation rights require a separate hearing and are not assured. Even if you do not obtain such rights, you may still be required to pay child support.
Burns Law Group, PC, will work diligently to achieve your goals.
Representation For Mothers
Our lawyers have represented numerous mothers wishing to contest legitimation petitions and those seeking child support from the unmarried fathers of their children. We will seek to achieve results for you in a timely and efficient manner.
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