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Experienced Georgia Family Law Attorneys that can assist you in getting the results you want.

In the state of Georgia, a father who was unmarried at the time of his child’s birth has no legal rights to the child. Fathers must establish paternity.

There are three ways to establish paternity according to Georgia law:

  • Marry the mother of the child prior to birth
  • Sign a Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgement form when the child is born or shortly after
  • Obtain a court order designating you as your child’s father

Note that establishing paternity is not the same thing as legitimizing your child; that is a separate process. Legitimation is a step further than paternity and establishes legal parental rights, while establishing paternity states who the biological father of the child is. A legitimation action also includes claims for custody, parenting time, or visitation rights, whereas establishing  paternity does not.  

To schedule a consultation with one of our experienced family law attorneys, call (770) 422-4241 or email Call today to learn what your options are about establishing paternity.