WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY CHILD’S MOTHER HAS STOPPED VISITATION OR IS MOVING OUT OF STATE AND I NEVER LEGITIMATED?

Unwed parents often establish informal custodial arrangements after the birth of a child and, as a result, many unmarried fathers place filing a legitimation action on the back burner. These fathers are often fearful or resentful of the court involvement that comes...

IN GEORGIA, CAN I LEGITIMATE MY CHILD ADMINISTRATIVELY OR WITHOUT GOING TO COURT?

Legitimation is the process by which unwed fathers establish a legal relationship with their child. It is much more significant than the establishment of paternity, which is simply the legal identification of the biological father of the child. Legitimation enables...

WHAT IS THE PATERNITY ACKNOWLEDGMENT FORM?

Often unwed parents recall signing a form at the hospital after the birth of their child called a Paternity Acknowledgment Form. These unwed parents often question the purpose of the form and what rights, if any, it provides to the unwed father. The Paternity...