When parents in Georgia are not married and a custody case hangs in the balance, women are often given preference for raising children over the fathers. There are also cases where a man is uncertain as to whether he is the father of a particular child. In either situation, the determination of paternity will have an impact on a child custody case. Legitimation is the way for fathers to legally declare their parental rights to their children.
A man who has fathered a child with a woman he isn’t in a relationship with may wish to have custody of his child for many reasons. In the state of Georgia, legitimation offers fathers the chance to raise their children, either by granting them visitation or custody. Being listed as the father on the baby’s birth certificate isn’t enough -- legitimation must be completed. Here at Debra Bryan LLC, our team has helped numerous people through this process, and our experience can make the process as efficient as possible.