This article is covering everything you need to know about unwed fathers rights in Georgia.
But more importantly, how you can get unwed fathers rights in Georgia.
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An unwed father’s rights in Georgia are non-existent.
To gain any father’s rights in Georgia, the unwed father must:
The first step to gain unwed father’s rights in Georgia is to file for paternity.
After the father establishes paternity, he still does not have any parental rights in Georgia.
But he will still owe child support even though he has zero visitation or child custody rights in Georgia.
Unmarried mothers have full legal and physical custody.
But an unwed father who has NOT established paternity does not owe any child support.
But if the unwed father has established paternity, then he does owe child support.
Paying child support does not give unwed fathers rights in Georgia.
He will have to legitimize the child to have the ABILITY to file for custody and visitation.
Again, the first step to gaining unwed father’s rights in Georgia is to establish paternity.
When an unwed father establishes paternity, it legally formalizes the relationship between him and the child.
For an unwed father to establish paternity in Georgia, an unwed father can:
The second step to gaining unwed father’s rights in Georgia is to legitimize the child.
Legitimation is how an unwed father can establish legal rights to his child.
To establish legitimation, an unwed father needs to file a petition for legitimation.
The petition for legitimation can include claims for visitation and custody.
But a mother can contest a legitimation in Georgia.
Her grounds to contest a legitimation can be:
Related: Grounds for Full Custody of Child
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