Last updated on June 6, 2024

Experienced Marietta Paternity And Legitimation Attorneys

Establishing a child’s biological and legal ties to their father is not always easy, but it is important. Both the child and the father stand to benefit greatly from both paternity and legitimation.

At The Siemon Law Firm, we understand that your situation may be very emotional. We work hard to help our clients in Marietta and throughout Cobb County in accomplishing their goals with a minimum of stress. We have extensive experience in resolving complex family issues, including paternity and legitimation issues.

What Is The Difference Between Paternity And Legitimation?

Georgia law establishes two different legal relationships between an unmarried father and their child. Paternity is not the same thing as legitimation.

In essence, paternity establishes your legal responsibilities toward a child, but legitimation establishes your parental rights. Paternity means that you are obligated to support your child, while legitimation means that you can pursue formal visitation and custody.

Even if you voluntarily acknowledge your paternity without a DNA test by signing the child’s birth certificate with the mother’s agreement, that does not give you the right to visitation or custody of your child. The child’s mother can grant or deny you access to your child at will until you take the additional steps to file for legitimation.

Then, you need to ask the court to grant your custody and visitation rights over your child so that your relationship is protected. That decision is always based on the best interests of the child, which means that you need the guidance of an experienced Marietta family lawyer to present your case for the maximum benefit.

Our Marietta Lawyers Can Help You

Call The Siemon Law Firm at 770-888-5120 to schedule a consultation with a Marietta family law attorney about your paternity and legitimation case. We will help you understand the differences between the two and guide you through each step of the process. Our offices are conveniently located in Marietta, Alpharetta, Atlanta and Cumming to better meet our clients’ needs.

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How The Siemon Law Firm Can Help

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

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    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