on the birth and on ss card. Does this mean the baby is legitimate? ? or is there something else we have to do?
In the event that the baby is less than one year old, the son (and baby's mother) can also sign an Acknowledgment of Legitimation form, and submit that also to the Office of Vital Records. Otherwise, the son will have to marry the baby's mother or initiate a legitimation action. If a legitimation action is required, I would be willing to offer my services, depending on where your son lives.
When he signed the top part of that Georgia paternity form, he may or may not have legitimated the child. There is a separate section on the bottom labeled ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF LEGITIMATION. If he also signed that and the child was less than 1 year old, then the child is legitimated. Otherwise he can only legitimate the child by marrying the mother or by filing a case in Superior Court.
Even if the child is legitimate, your son also should consider a court case to establish visitation, custody, support, a parenting plan, etc.
The court aspects of this really require a lawyer to do them right.
Depending on the county where each party lives, I may be able to assist. My number is 404-768-3509 if he wishes to followup with his child.
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All that signing the birth certificate - listing the info on it, etc. - does (when the couple was not already married) is to provide the contact info that Child Support Enforcement needs to get in touch with him for support purposes. He needs to legitimate the child. My website is www.merlinusmonroe.com and I have written about this topic. You may find it to be helpful!
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The big question is: DId he sign the Paternity AND the Legitimation Acknowledgment sections of the form. If he signed BOTH of the sections then the child should be legitimate. (Your information says he signed at the time of the child's birth - meeting the "within 1 year requirement".) If he did not sign both and the child is now over 1 year old - your son would have to Legitimate thru a Superior Court action or marry the mother and hold the child out as his own. Your question does not mention what type of visitation/custody arrangement he has with the mother. I would advise him to consult with an attorney in his area and discuss his options concerning - custody, child support, visitation etc. I hope this information has been helpful. Good Luck!!
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