If you are married to your child’s mother when he or she is born in Georgia, you do not have to worry about paternity because you are already the legal father. However, if you were not married, then you do need to establish paternity to have any legal rights to the child. Without paternity, you cannot get visitation or other rights to the child. Fortunately, there are a few ways in which you can establish paternity.
One of the easiest methods to claim paternity of a child, according to the Department of Human Services, is to sign a voluntary form saying you are the father. You can do this at the hospital when your child is born or at the Vital Records Office in your county. This is very quick and easy to do if you and the mother are in agreement that you are the father of the child.
Besides this, you would have to go to court and get a court order. This usually requires taking a test to prove scientifically that you are the child’s biological father. Although, you can also adopt the child if it is not biologically yours as long as the biological father wishes to give up rights to the child. In any case, going to court is costly and time-consuming.
Finally, you may have no say in establishing paternity. If the mother of your child opens a child support case, you will have to submit to testing to establish paternity. This is a state requirement for all new child support cases. This information is for education and is not legal advice.