At the center of any family law matter is concern for the physical and emotional well-being of young children caught up in their parents’ domestic relations. In situations where parents are unwed, determining the best interests of a young child can be a difficult undertaking.
As a family law mediator who previously practiced family law for over 30 years, I am dedicated to seeing couples maintain strong, healthy relationships with their children. By working together, both parties can pursue an amicable plan that provides the best opportunity for future happiness, and success for parents and their children.
Understanding Georgia Law Regarding Fathers’ Rights And Legitimation
In Georgia, if you are the father of a child born out of wedlock, you may have obligations for support but possess no parental rights. The process of legitimation is essential to establishing visitation rights and custody when parents are unmarried. Even if the father is named on the child’s birth certificate, it may be necessary to undertake a DNA test to determine paternity and legitimate the relationship to the child.
As an experienced family law mediator, I take the specifics of each situation into account when seeking a resolution to a dispute. If you question whether you are the biological parent, there are simple measures you can take to prove your parental status and protect yourself from having to take legal responsibility if you are not the biological parent.
However, if you have an established relationship with the child, it may be in everyone’s best interests for you to take action and maintain a supportive role in the child’s life.
For you and your spouse/partner to schedule your mediation session with me, family law mediator Randie Siegel, call 404-907-2673. You can also send an email by completing my online contact form to receive a prompt response.