Establishing Paternity in Georgia

Do you have questions about what it means to establish paternity in Georgia and what this process looks like? Banks, Stubbs & McFarland have answers and we feel that it is important for our clients to understand the laws and legal proceedings that can apply to their cases. For legal help with the process of establishing paternity, contact our experienced family law attorneys.

What sometimes gets overlooked in conversations about child support is the importance of determining the identity of the father or establishing paternity. Indeed, while this is arguably not as pressing of a concern where the parents are legally married at the time of the child’s birth, it can become a vital issue in those scenarios where the child’s parents are unwed.

What exactly does “legitimating” mean and why is it important?

Legitimation serves to establish the father-child relationship. This is significant, as it assigns the father certain legal rights and responsibilities.

What is a Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgment Form?

If the child’s parents are legally married at the time of birth, the husband will be viewed as the father in the eyes of the law. Some of the other ways in which paternity can be established as it relates to unwed parents include by court order or signing of a Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgment Form.

The Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgment Form — or PA form — is a byproduct of the federal Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgment Program originally launched back in 1988 and updated over the years. Its purpose is simple: to facilitate the process of establishing paternity and legitimating a child born of unwed parents.