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Key things to know about the paternity process in Georgia

When children are able to have healthy, loving relationships with both parents, they are able to grow and develop at their optimum levels. Unfortunately, sometimes regulations may prevent fathers from exercising their parental rights and being present in the lives of their children.

For those fathers looking to fight this scenario, there are options available. There are a few key things they should know about the paternity process in Georgia.

Importance

Some fathers may not be aware that if they are not married when a child is born, they do not have parental rights. In such cases, they must seek to establish those rights. This is important in a few different ways. Along with financial support, in order for parents to provide health insurance, they must be able to claim their children legally. There are mental and emotional aspects that aid in the child's self-identity and overall development as well.

Establishment

There are a few different ways to establish paternity in accordance with the law. If the father is there at the time of birth and the mother agrees, the hospital may denote the father on the birth certificate, serving as legal documentation. However, if the hospital does not denote the father then, the parents may file a paternity form at a later date. If both parties are not in agreement, a father may still seek his parental rights through the court.

Court requirement

As of 2015, any paternity case requires a paternity test. Therefore, if fathers are having trouble working with the other parent or guardian, they may find filing a case to be beneficial. This filing will not only help with establishing parental rights but can also aid in developing other custody arrangements and visitation.

These are a few key facts for fathers to know about the paternity process. It may also be helpful to take a look at the paternity laws and speak with a knowledgeable attorney.

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