Legitimation: What You Need To Know
Legitimation issues can lead to serious questions when it comes to visitation rights, child custody and child support obligations. Dodd & Burnham has more than 40 years of combined experience representing clients in Valdosta and throughout south Georgia who wish to establish themselves as legal fathers.
When To Legitimate
When a child is born out of wedlock, the mother is deemed the sole custodian of the child unless the father has completed the process of legitimation. The legitimation process must be completed even when the father is named on the birth certificate.
A father has no legal rights for visitation or custody of the child until he has completed the legitimation process in Georgia. Our lawyers will walk you through this process so you know what steps to take to protect your relationship with your child.