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How does child custody for unmarried parents work?

On Behalf of | Feb 27, 2023 | Child Custody

If you are a parent who is not married, you should consider creating a child custody arrangement to help you share parenting rights and responsibilities.

Unmarried parents have distinct concerns when dealing with child custody issues. Learning about child custody for unmarried parents in Georgia can help you find a solution that suits your family’s needs.

Establishing paternity

Depending on the situation, you might need to establish paternity before seeking custody as an unmarried father. If possible, you can sign a Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgment Form. However, you might need to obtain evidence of paternity by undergoing testing. Once a father establishes paternity, he is responsible for providing care and support for his children. Therefore, avoiding signing a Parental Acknowledgment Form is important if you are unsure of your paternity status.

Determining child custody

Unmarried couples can utilize different child custody arrangements depending on their needs and the needs of their children. In Georgia, two parents can share physical custody, or one parent can assume primary custody. If you are not the custodial parent, you can still have visitation and time with your children. You can also seek legal custody even if you do not have physical custody of your children. Legal custody allows parents to remain involved in key decisions concerning education and upbringing. If you want a say in your children’s healthcare, religious life and schooling, you should consider maintaining legal custody.

Creating a child custody arrangement can help you and your children’s other parent handle the complications of parenthood. In addition, establishing custody and paternity can help unmarried parents stay involved in their children’s lives.



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