Georgia Divorce Fathers’ Rights
Although both parents are viewed as equal under Georgia law, courts in our state tend to award custody to the primary caregiver. In most cases, this means that the mother will receive primary custody.
Under certain circumstances, fathers do receive custody of their children. The court always acts in the children’s best interest, and it may be in the best interest of your children for them to live primarily with you.
In the event that your former spouse is awarded primary custody, establishing a solid visitation schedule to provide ample time with your child or children will be an important part of your divorce decree.
As an unmarried father, the only way to file for custody or visitation of your child or children is to first establish paternity. Filing a legitimation action is the first step in this process.
On the other hand, if a woman is claiming that you are the biological father of a child that is not yours, filing a legitimation action will further work to clear you of any legal and financial responsibility to that child.