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Custody, visitation, and unmarried fathers

When a child is born to an unmarried couple in Georgia, some unique legal issues can crop up. Contrary to what some may believe, and unmarried father has a right to a relationship with his child, and is equally responsible for providing financial support.

In situations where a couple is unmarried at the time of the birth of their child, it is important to establish paternity. Men who wish to do this typically only need to sign an affidavit so that they can appear on the child's birth certificate. If there is a question about the child's parentage, the father or mother can request a DNA test. If the DNA test shows that the man in question is the child's father, a court order can establish paternity.

Once a man affirms or establishes paternity, he has the right to request custody of or visitation with his child. If the child's mother already has custody of the child, it may be difficult, though not impossible, for the father to request custody for himself. Such requests are typically most successful if the father can provide evidence that the mother is unfit to provide for the child's best interests.

In most cases, the father can request visitation with the child. Ideally, the parents will be able to work together to establish a reasonable schedule that meets the needs of the child, as well as both parents. The father may likewise also be expected to pay child support as long as the child remains a minor.

Individuals who are expecting a child, or already have one, may benefit from speaking with an experienced family law attorney. The lawyer may be able to review the client's case and make recommendations regarding these issues.

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Margaret Gettle Washburn, P.C.
4799 Sugarloaf Pkwy
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Lawrenceville, GA 30044

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