How a Father can Establish Paternity
If a father is not married to the mother, one way to establish paternity is to do an acknowledgement of paternity. The paperwork can be filled out at the hospital after the birth of the child, however you have up to the first birthday to get the paperwork filled out properly.
Both parties must sign the paternity acknowledgement form.Pursuant to Georgia law, an acknowledgment of paternity can be signed when both the mother and the father agree that the father is the biological father of the child born out of wedlock. O.C.G.A. ? 19-7-46.1. Only the biological father has the right to sign the Paternity Acknowledgement form. The Paternity Acknowledgement establishes a legal relationship between a father, a mother, and a child.
You have one year to complete this form and get it filed in the correct county.Once the Paternity Acknowledgement form has been signed and filed with the State Office of Vital Records, a new birth certificate will be issued, and this birth certificate will not state that it has been amended. O.C.G.A ? 31-10-23(c)(1)The mother and the biological father have one year to complete this process. Once this form has been completed and filed, the biological father has legitimated for all purposes under law pursuant to O.C.G.A ? 19-7-21.1.
You must be the biological parents to sign the form.By signing the State of Georgia's Paternity Acknowledgement form, the mother and father affirm that they have read and understood all of its provisions and that the facts stated on the document are true. One of the provisions is that the person signing the form must be the biological father. See the Georgia State Paternity Acknowledgement Form 3940 (Rev.7-10)Ga. Code Ann. ? 31-10-23(c)(1) Upon receipt of a certified copy of an order to legitimate a child, or an affidavit signed by the natural parents whose marriage had legitimated a child, the director shall register a new birth certificate if paternity was not shown on the original certificate. Such certificate shall not be marked "amended."