How is paternity legally established in Georgia?

Last updated on July 27, 2022

Establishing the proper care for your child is essential. Regardless of your relationship with the other parent, you want your child to have the care and resources they need to thrive.

In many situations, one of the first steps to developing a co-parenting relationship is establishing paternity. While paternity may be a simple question for some, that is not always the case.

Here’s what you should know about establishing paternity in Georgia.

Legal marriage

Under Georgia law, when the child’s parents are legally married at the time of the birth, courts presume the husband is the child’s father. If this is not the case, you will need a court action to alter that presumption.

Court orders

You can also establish paternity with a court order through a local, state or federal court. In some cases, the court will request that the mother, father and child must submit a DNA paternity test.

Paternity Acknowledgement Form

The last way to establish paternity is by voluntarily signing a Paternity Acknowledgement Form. Often, these forms are available at the hospital when your child is born. Alternatively, you can go to the State Office of Vital Records in Atlanta or the Office of Vital Records in the county where the child was born.

What about legitimation?

While these options can establish paternity, or biologically who the father is, it does not necessarily establish a father’s right to bring an action for custody. Legitimation is a separate process that can give the father of a child born out of wedlock specific rights regarding custody and care of the child.

Reach Out To Our Experienced Team For Help With Your Legal Issues

How The Siemon Law Firm Can Help

Contact our Georgia Family Law Firm by calling 770-888-5120 or by completing this contact form.

An attorney will respond within 24 business hours.

    Fields marked with an * are required

    I Have Read The Disclaimer *

    Our Office Locations

    Cumming, Georgia

    347 Dahlonega St #100,
    Cumming, GA 30040 770-888-5120 Cumming Law Office Map

    Marietta, Georgia

    1850 Parkway Pl Suite 715,
    Marietta, GA 30067 770-888-5312 Marietta Law Office Map

    Alpharetta, Georgia

    4555 Mansell Rd,
    Alpharetta, GA 30022
    770-888-5093 Alpharetta Law Office Map

    Atlanta, Georgia

    3400 Peachtree Rd NE Suite 555,
    Atlanta, GA 30326 770-888-5078 Atlanta Law Office Map