Paternity means the quality or state of being a father (i.e. fatherhood). Paternity is usually determined by genetic testing. A paternity test is utilized in a number of situations that may include:
- Establishing proof of heritage for an adopted child seeking their biological parent;
- Assisting mothers seeking child support from a man who denies he is child's father;
- Assisting men wishing to confirm paternity;
- Determining grand parentage, inheritance rights, Social Security benefits and insurance claims; and
- Determining heirs by DNA profiling for estate purposes.
A petition to establish paternity may be brought by 1) the child, 2) the mother of the child, 3) any relative in whose care the child has been placed, 4) the Department of Human resources, and 5) one who is alleged to be the father. We assist in bringing such actions before the court and obtaining the necessary genetic testing.
Georgia law permits the mother of a child born out of wedlock to sole custody rights to the child. The biological father must file a legitimation action in court to obtain any parental rights such as custody or visitation. Legitimation of a child recognizes the biological father as the legal father and gives the child the right to inherit from the father and vice versa. If the mother consents to legitimation, the mother and father can sign a voluntary acknowledgment of legitimation. Only the biological father of a child may file a petition to legitimate his child.
Lunn Law LLC primarily assists with paternity and legitimation services throughout the Metro-Atlanta area including: Jonesboro, McDonough, Stockbridge, South Atlanta, Fayetteville, and other communities in Clayton County, Henry County, Douglas County, Fulton County, Fayette County, and Spalding County.
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