Legitimation is a way for a father to claim legal parentage of a child “born out of wedlock.” It goes beyond a mere acknowledgement of paternity. In Georgia, establishing paternity gives a court the power to enforce a father’s duty to support a child financially, while legitimation gives a child the right to inherit from a father, as well as the right to obtain family medical history on the father’s side, and the right to placement in the home of a relative on the father’s side in the event that the mother becomes unable to care for the child. Legitimation also gives the father the right to inherit from the child and the right to petition the court for custody or visitation. Without legitimation, only the mother of a child born out of wedlock has any custody rights.

You may balk at the indignity of having to formally claim or "adopt" your own flesh and blood. Nonetheless, it is necessary if you want to be involved in your child's upbringing. Waiting too long to legitimate your child could result in forfeiting your parental rights.

If you or a family member needs assistance with legitimation or legal guardianship, the first step is to schedule a consultation with an experienced family law attorney who can properly guide you through the process. If you would like to discuss your case in more detail, please do not hesitate to call our office and schedule a consultation to speak with attorney Crystal Wright.

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Divorce, property division, custody battles, child support disputes, and other family law issues can be difficult and stressful. Often, tough decisions must be made, and the outcome of these decisions can be life-changing. Because the legal process can be complicated and overwhelming, it’s extremely important to have the right legal team representing and advocating for your cause. At CW Law, we work diligently alongside our clients to see their rights and interests advanced and protected.

We understand the emotional toil, lifetime effects, and legal implications that will result from the difficult decisions you have to make. You deserve a team of legal professionals who is empathetic, knowledgeable, and effective at getting results. We would be honored to represent your affairs. At CW Law, we genuinely care and want to use our expertise to support you in achieving the positive results you and your family deserve.