If you have a child with a woman you are not married to, establishing your fathers’ rights can be challenging. When a child is born to unmarried parents in Georgia, the biological father does not have child custody or visitation rights. There is a legal process known as legitimation, however, which gives a biological father the ability to establish a legal relationship with his child.
Under Georgia law, there are ways to legitimate a child, entering into an Acknowledgement of Legitimation with the child’s mother or filing a Petition for Legitimation with the court. Upon legitimation, the legal father will be responsible for the support of the child, and the court may also establish the father’s custody and visitation rights, provided that these rights are also asserted in the petition.
It is worth noting that the father of a child who has not been legitimated still has an obligation to provide for the child financially and can be forced to pay child support once the mother establishes paternity. For this reason, it is in your best interest to legitimate your child.
Contact Our Dekalb County Fathers’ Rights Attorneys
At E.N. Banks-Ware, LLC, we work with fathers who are going through a separation or divorce to preserve their parental rights and also help unmarried men navigate the legitimation process. As committed as we are to protecting your parental rights, you should know that you must also be willing to fight for your rights and maintain an active role in your child’s life. If you want to spend the maximum possible time with your child, you must be able to demonstrate that you will put your child’s well being ahead of your own needs.
Our father’s rights attorneys have the knowledge and skills to advocate for your parental rights, whether inside or outside of the courtroom. While it is typically in your best interests to resolve custody and visitation issues through a negotiated settlement, we are fully prepared to go to trial if necessary. Regardless of the approach, we are committed to helping you obtain the custody and parenting time arrangements you are seeking.
When you consult E.N. Banks-Ware, LLC, you can rest assured we will work tirelessly to protect your fathers’ rights. Above all, we will provide you with knowledge, compassion and first-rate legal representation. Please contact our office today to speak with our fathers’ rights attorneys.