In a legal sense, paternity is simply the state of being the legally recognized father of a child. While this seems fairly basic, establishing paternity can play a critical role in gaining father’s rights, collecting child support, and much more.
Our experienced Alpharetta family lawyer is well-equipped to help you establish paternity. We have extensive knowledge of all aspects of family law, allowing us to understand the role paternity will play in child support, child custody, and many other legal matters. When you retain our firm, you can trust that you’re hiring an attorney who is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.
Why Establish Paternity?
There are many reasons to establish paternity, not least of which is simply being acknowledged as the child’s father. Fathers will need to establish paternity in order to gain parental rights, including custody or visitation. Without establishing paternity, you will not have the legal right to make decisions regarding your child’s schooling, medical care, religious affiliation, and more. Establishing paternity will also allow your child to inherit assets and other benefits if you pass away.
For mothers, establishing paternity is an important step toward collecting child support. Once a man is established as the child’s father, they have a legal duty to help support them financially. Our Alpharetta paternity attorney can help you establish paternity as part of a more complex child support case.
There are three ways to establish paternity in Georgia:
- Both parents can sign a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity
- Either parent, or certain other family members may file a petition to establish paternity
- The Department of Human Resources may choose to establish paternity
Take Action With Help From Our Firm
It’s important for a father to be a part of their child’s life, for both financial and emotional support. At the Law Offices of David E Oles, LLC, we can guide you through this process with skill and compassion. When you retain our firm, you can trust that we will work tirelessly to help you achieve your goals, and to resolve your family law issues.