In Georgia, a child born out of wedlock is considered illegitimate. From a legal perspective, a biological father is not considered the legal father of his offspring if he was not married to the child’s mother when the child was born. Therefore, despite any informal agreements between the parents, the father has no legal right to custody or visitation and no right to have any input into how the child is raised. Legitimation is the process by which a biological father can obtain legal recognition. Usually, this is a first or second step that fathers must complete before a formal order of custody and visitation can be issued in the case of unwed parents. Depending on various factors, filing a petition for legitimation can be more complicated than it may first appear. Which is why it is crucial to hire a knowledgeable and experienced attorney to handle your legitimation case. Our children are the most precious people in our lives and it is imperative that they be protected and provided for to the best of our ability.
Call Justin J. Wyatt & Associates at (770) 422-2221 to schedule your free consultation today. Have your case reviewed by the most effective Family Law attorney in Marietta, Georgia. We serve metro-Atlanta clients in Cobb, Cherokee, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Paulding Counties. Our most important considerations are you and getting the results you need.