Paternity / Legitimation
In Georgia, a child is legitimate if born into a marriage or if the parents marry shortly after birth. If this is not the case, the only legitimate parent of the child is the mother, leaving the father with no rights or responsibilities. Legitimation is the process by which a father can establish his legal rights to a child, and which will allow him visitation and/or custody. A paternity suit is when an unmarried mother sues to declare the father of her child. A legitimation suit occurs when a father brings suit against the mother to declare he is the father.
Deciding to get a divorce is never an easy option and can be made more complicated when children and joint assets are involved. Regardless of the situation, it is generally a good idea to hire a divorce attorney before beginning any proceedings. The Georgia divorce attorney at The Law Office of C. Payne has the experience and understanding to help individuals through the entire divorce process.