Making Sure The Court Recognizes Your Rights As A Father
Even if you have taken a DNA test that proves your paternity of a child, unless you are married to the mother, Georgia courts will not recognize your legal rights as a father until you go through the legitimation process.
As fathers’ rights attorneys in Marietta, Georgia, we have helped hundreds of men gain access to their child’s lives through the courts. And the legitimation process works both ways. Your child will have access to important parts of your life, as well, including:
- Your child will have the right to inherit from the father’s estate.
- Your child will gain access to medical records on the paternal side of the family.
- Your child may be placed under the care or guardianship of the father’s family in the event the mother can no longer provide care.
- Fathers have the right to petition for custody or visitation time.
Acknowledging You Are The Father Isn’t Enough In Georgia
Acknowledging you are the father will make you responsible for child support and give you some access to your child’s life, but it does not mean you have the same rights as a married/divorced father would have.
Make Sure You Have A Lawyer Who Is 100 Percent On Your Side
If you are considering taking an active role in your child’s life, legitimation is the first and most important step. Call Marsh & Frost at 678-383-4953 or toll free at 866-920-4494. You can also reach us by email to arrange an opportunity to discuss your circumstances.