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    Jerry A. Daniels
    Position Co-Founder, Managing Partner, and President of Daniels & Taylor, P.C. Bar Admissions Georgia, 1979 U.S. District ...
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    Tony A. Taylor
    Tony A. Taylor is one of the founding partners of Daniels & Taylor, P.C. Tony and Jerry Daniels have been practicing together ...
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    As an athlete for 20 years, Mike learned the benefits of hard work, proper training and being prepared for the competition. ...
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    When you have problems in your family, it is difficult to know who to talk to or what to say. We all have private lives and ...
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    Sara Batchelor
    When I first entered the legal field over seven years ago I realized some ugly truths. The first thing that surprised me was ...
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    Attorney Dix has been practicing law for over eleven years and currently serves as an Associate Attorney at Daniels & Taylor, ...

2 Ways To Protect Your Custody Rights As An Unmarried Father In GA

What are Georgia’s Custody Laws for Unmarried Parents?

So you're about to become a dad — congratulations! Getting ready for a new baby is a big job, but if you and the baby's mother are not married, there is one important task you need to take care of. You need to establish paternity and go through the process of legitimating your child. If you don't, you will have no legal rights regarding the care and custody of the child.

In Georgia, when your child is born outside of a marriage, the mother is the only person allowed to have legal or physical custody of the child. There are no automatic fathers' rights. This is true even if you live with the mother or have been in a committed relationship for several years.

If you want to have a legal relationship with your own child, you must legitimate your child.

WE CAN HELP YOU! Contact our Lawrenceville law office at (770) 285-1673.

1.) Establish Paternity

Paternity establishes a man as the biological father of a child. Georgia law provides three different routes for establishing paternity.

The easiest way is for both you and your child's mother to sign a document called a "voluntary acknowledgement of paternity" and file it with the Department of Human Resources. If one parent refuses to sign the document, either parent can go to court to bring an action to establish paternity.

In other cases, the Department of Human Resources may bring an action on its own to determine the paternity of a child.

Paternity establishes a duty to pay child support. It does not give you a right to seek visitation or custody of your child.

2.) Legitimate Your Child

An unwed Georgia father who wishes to establish legal rights to a child must go through a process called "legitimation." It is very important to note that simply putting the father's name on the child's birth certificate does not create a legal relationship.

If the mother does not consent to your attempt to legitimate your child, you can bring a legitimation action in Superior Court and seek custody and/or visitation.

Be Proactive — Protect Yourself and Your Child

Georgia grants almost no automatic rights to a father of a child born outside of marriage. If you are planning to have a child, start discussing paternity and legitimation with your child's mother now. If your child has already been born, know that it is never too late to protect your rights.

If you want to establish a legal relationship with your child born out of wedlock, call our office so we can help you understand your options.

From our office in Lawrenceville, our attorneys represent clients in communities throughout Gwinnett County, Georgia. Call us at (770) 285-1673
 or contact us by email to arrange a free consultation with one of our experienced Lawrenceville fathers' rights lawyers today.

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