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We Help Fathers Obtain Legal Rights Through Legitimation

Child Custody and Visitation

Georgia law can be difficult on unmarried fathers. While state law places obligations and responsibilities on biological fathers, including for child support, it only grants custody rights to the biological mother. The only way an unmarried father can obtain legal custody is through legitimation. This is true even if the father is listed on the birth certificate.

Giving Fathers The Benefits Associated With Legal Fatherhood

Fathers are vital to the development of children. However, without legal recognition of fatherhood, the right to regularly see your child may be in jeopardy, despite having to pay a significant amount of child support. Through legitimation, fathers can:

  • Obtain sole or joint physical custody (meaning the child can live with you)
  • Have legal rights involving inheritance laws, Social Security eligibility, and other financial benefits

Our lawyers can discuss with you the benefits of legitimation and how it may benefit you according to your individual circumstances. Keep in mind that legitimation is separate from paternity. For more information about paternity, follow this link.

How We Can Help

With over 20 years of experience representing fathers in a variety of family law areas, including child custody, visitation, legitimation and adoption matters, attorney Tamar Faulhaber has the knowledge you need to protect your legal and financial rights. She is an AV Preeminent rated* attorney who has long fought for the rights of fathers in establishing legal rights, including child custody and visitation matters.

You can reach our office in Alpharetta by calling 678-436-5126 or through this online intake form.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.