Click here to add text. PATERNITY/LEGITIMATIONS
Georgia is one of the few States that requires a biological Father of a child to file a petition with the Court, asking to be declared to be the "LEGAL" Father of the child. Paternity, while it may be admitted to in a document that the hospital gives the parents of a newborn child, is not the same thing as declaring the Father to be the legal or legitimate Father of the child. As such, the biological Father of a child may ask the Court to declare that he is the legal Father of the child, and that the child should then be able to inherit from him, if he dies, the same as if the child were born of a legal marriage between the parents of that child. It should be noted, of course, that without the Order of Legitimation, a man who is the biological Father of a child has no rights to the child in any manner, except that he has the right and responsibility to pay child support. The Father may not have the legal right to regular visitation with the child, or any manner of custody rights without an Order declaring him to be the Legitimate Father.
In the event that the parties who are parents of a child born out of wedlock should marry at some point after the child is born, then legitimation occurs automatically upon the parties' marriage.