Unmarried Men Establishing Fathers Rights to Custody of Their Children
Men, if you are not married to the mother of your children, you may not legally be considered the father of your child. Legitimation confers all legal rights to the child as if the father and mother were married — child support, inheritance rights and other benefits connecting to the father. Until recently, fathers had no legal rights if their name was not on the birth certificate, but they could be ordered to pay child support. If the child was born after July 2007 under Georgia law:
- The child is automatically legitimated if the father s name is on the birth certificate, even if the parents never marry.
- If the parents had a child out of wedlock but then marry, the child is automatically legitimated.
- A man who believes he is the father can establish a relationship with the child and obtain visitation.
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