Legitimation, Paternity & Guardianship

We are Experienced in Georgia Legitimation, Paternity & Guardianship

It is important that children have people who are legally responsible for bringing them up and taking care of them. Legitimation, paternity and guardianship are legal procedures that exist under Georgia law in order to make sure that happens.

What is Legitimation?

Legitimation is a legal process that an unwed father must undergo to establish legal rights to his child. Simply putting the father's name on the birth certificate is not enough to “legitimate” a child under Georgia law. A separate legal procedure needs to take place.

Once an order of legitimation has been filed, a legal father and child relationship is established. The child will then be capable of inheriting from the legal father as if he had been born in lawful wedlock. The father can now be legally recognized as the child’s parent and the court can then make decisions concerning child custody and child support.

How Can I Become a Legal Guardian?

There are many situations where children are cared for by people other than their parents, such as grandparents, aunts and uncles. With out being a parent or a legal guardian, it can be difficult to enroll children in school or even get them medical attention.

In Georgia, guardianship is a legal procedure that provides caretakers the opportunity to have legal authority over the children they care for. Guardianship can be done with the parents' consent or with a court order if the parents have died or cannot be found.

At the Law Office of Miracle C. Jackson, LLC, we help parents and caretakers establish their rights over children so they can care for them more effectively. Based in Atlanta, we serve clients in Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton, Henry, Fayette, Cobb, Cherokee, Gwinnett and surrounding counties. Contact us to discuss your case with an experienced family law attorney.