Legitimation vs Paternity

Protecting Fathers' Rights in Georgia

Fathers' rights cases have become more and more common nationwide as more men seek to legally ensure a significant role in the lives of their children. Still, these cases often face formidable obstacles for men, even in Georgia, where mothers are still overwhelming favored as caretakers. Often, the matter of paternity is pursued by fathers, but legitimation can also further protect and integrate the father into the child's life, specifically when the parents are unmarried.

When pursuing any fathers' rights case, it is critical that clients understand the difference between these two terms, how they can be achieved, and what effects they can have on the lives of their children. If you are seeking the legal means to establish your rightful role as a father, then we urge you contact us as Faucette Law Firm LLC for dedicated and assertive counsel from a Douglasville family law attorney.

What are the differences between legitimation and paternity?

Fathers with established paternity are financially responsible for the child in question. Paternity can sometimes be grounds to seek further involvement with a child, but in the eyes of the court, paternity is chiefly a distinction of financial support. Many times, this is not enough for a father. What they are really looking for is legitimation. Legitimation is more comprehensive and allows unmarried fathers to ensure further involvement and protections for his child.

Benefits of this include the following:

  • The right to seek visitation and custody
  • A child's right to future inheritance
  • A child's access for father's medical history
  • Consideration of father's family in custody and visitation matters

Ideally for unmarried parents, legitimacy and paternity are both achieved via hospital documents at the time of the child's birth. However, if there is conflict between the parents, or if the mother was recently married to another man, both legitimacy and paternity become much more difficult to establish and appeals to a judge may become necessary to retain your rights as a father.

Seek a Compassionate Douglasville Family Law Attorney Today

Our team a Faucette Law Firm LLC knows how sensitive and frustrating these cases can be and how long lasting the effects can be if not properly processed and fought for. If you have a paternity or legitimacy charge that is too important to trust to just anyone, then your search is over for dedicated, personalized representation.

Call our firm today. Our team is available 24/7!

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