Paternity and Legitimization In Georgia

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Understand Your Paternity And Legitimization Rights.

Paternity and Legitimization are two incredibly important components of family law that involve high emotions. Carter Pilgrim understands the delicate nature of these cases, and we want to make sure that our clients completely grasp the intricate process of paternity and legitimization, determining custody, child support, and parenting time.

Many of our cases involve unmarried parents, and this can make for a highly-charged and frustrating situation. Paternity is the process of pinpointing whether or not a person, in particular, is the father of the child in question, while legitimization is the process of the father legally acknowledging that child as his own.

Clearly, these family law cases are not to be taken lightly. The rollercoaster of emotions present in a paternity and legitimization case can be intense, and the lawyers at Carter Pilgrim are more than ready to help you in any way we can.

Understanding Paternity

Paternity is a body of law that defines the legal relationship that a father has with his offspring. The child can be biological or adopted, and this section of the law will determine the rights and obligations that the father has to the identified child or children. For paternity cases, we often get calls from men who are seeking legal rights to his child.

Establishing paternity is an important step in obtaining child support. This type of determination can be in favor of either party, such as a win for mothers that are owed child support, or for men asked for child support when the child isn’t actually theirs. It’s essential to obtain paternity results if it’s not admitted on the paternal side, to settle any child support case that finds its way into family court.

A paternity test is frequently determined by a blood or DNA test in order to determine the biological father. More often than not, questions about paternity come up around child custody or visitation rights.

What Is Legitimization?

Legitimization is the process of giving a child born out of wedlock the same rights as a child born within wedlock. Whether or not a child has parents that are married should not matter when it comes to care, love, and meeting of basic needs and beyond. However, some children do go without.

In Georgia, a child is legitimized by the legal marriage of his or her parents, or by the father filing a petition to legitimize the child within the mother’s residential area. Legitimization is a complicated process, and there are many factors that go into it. The lawyers at Carter Pilgrim understand how sensitive this topic is, and we are standing by to help you and your family get through it unscathed.

The Length of the Process

Paternity and legitimization can take around thirty days in the state of Georgia. If you have all of your requested documents together, things will move much faster than if we have to take the time to gather what you need. If you’re unsure, please call us so our lawyers can discuss with you, in detail, what you’ll need to proceed with your paternity and legitimization case moving forward.

Due to the sensitive nature of these cases, and the fact that there are children involved, we like them to move along as fast as possible, as do our clients. Transparency and communication are essential on your end, and we will provide the same on ours.

If you’re unsure if you need an attorney to help you with your case, then you probably do. When things feel out of control, it’s time for a skilled team of lawyers to help you get them back on track.

Let Our Lawyers Handle Your Paternity and Legitimization Case

The team at Carter Pilgrim has handled many cases involving paternity and legitimization, and we are more than prepared to help you with yours. We have the negotiation and legal skills necessary to help you. We have worked with clients on these issues in and around Gwinnett County, Forsyth County, Hall County, Barrow County, Jackson County, and Dawson County.

We understand that matters of the family should be handled carefully and quickly to keep lived moving forward as smoothly as possible. Contact us today to get started.

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Our Service Area

We are located in Suwanee Georgia, but we defend clients throughout Gwinnett County, Forsyth County, Hall County, Barrow County, Jackson County, and Dawson County.  Contact our Atlanta law firm as soon as possible to learn how we advocate for your best interests.

Carter Pilgrim
Attorneys at Law


3725 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd, Suite A-4
Suwanee, GA 30024

Phone: Call our office 770-945-2320

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