Legitimation Is The First Step Toward Parental Rights And Responsibilities
Establishing whether a particular man is the biological father of a child is now a simple process, given that DNA testing is readily available and reliable. However, statewide in Georgia, there are aspects of paternity matters that require competent counsel and help from a family law attorney, including:
- Completing legitimation requirements and obtaining court orders establishing visitation and custody
- Receiving child support in accordance with established Georgia guidelines and taking proper action to ensure that the child support amounts are fair
At The Siemon Law Firm, our paternity lawyers are well prepared to help you navigate the legal processes associated with paternity, legitimation and the establishment of a support order for your child or multiple children.
How Legitimation Can Help Parents And Children
Legitimation is very important. If a child is born out of wedlock, the father has few, if any, automatic parental rights – even if he lists his name on the child’s birth certificate. Therefore, he cannot obtain child custody or visitation rights. Additionally, his child would not be able to inherit from him unless the father created a legal will or completed the legitimation procedure.
The same is true for a mother seeking involvement and support from a child’s father. Unless a mother pursues legitimation of the father, she cannot hold him accountable for legal parental responsibilities.
We Can Represent You With Skill
If you are a man who believes you have fathered a child, you have little to no legal parental rights unless you are married to the child’s mother or file a petition for legitimation. We know how significant it is for you to gain rights as a father.
Our attorneys can assist you. Manageable costs are involved, and we will make every effort to help you through the process as affordably as possible.
Schedule a Consultation With The Siemon Law Firm
If you have had a child out of wedlock and want to pursue legitimation, or you are facing other family law concerns such as an issue involving enforcement of a child support order or the need to pursue child custody, please contact our firm today by calling 770-888-5120.
We will offer you the opportunity to consult directly and work personally with an attorney, treating you with empathy and respect every step of the way.