Paternity actions and legitimation are two legal processes by which unmarried parents can both establish and assert their parental rights. When married parents are going through a divorce, they have equal rights to seek child custody and visitation. Unmarried parents, however, must first meet certain legal requirements before establishing custody and visitation rights.
Under Georgia laws, paternity is the process by which the biological father of a child is established. A paternity action establishes a father’s biological relationship with the child, but not his legal rights.
Legitimation allows an unmarried father to establish his legal parental rights if his child were born out of wedlock. Once legitimation is complete, a father can seek to establish his custody and visitation rights.
The process of establishing your rights as an unmarried parent may seem obvious, but we understand the complexities that can arise, especially where custody is in dispute. We provide dedicated support throughout the paternity/legitimation process. While many cases can be resolved amicably, but in the event a trial becomes necessary you need legal representation. We assist unmarried mothers and fathers involved in paternity or legitimation actions. We assist the single parent in seeking child support. We protect the unwed fathers’ rights to shared custody and visitation following parental separation.
If you need help with paternity or legitimation action, contact us today to schedule a free consultation. Met Lane will work around your schedule, including evenings and weekends. To contact us, call 770-834-4107.