Georgia law defines a child born out of wedlock as a child whose parents are not married when the child is born or these same parents do not marry each other after the child is born. O.C.G.A. ?19-7-23
Who has custody of a child born out of wedlock?
Georgia law provides that only the mother of a child born out of wedlock is entitled to custody of the child unless the father legitimates the child. O.C.G.A. ?19-7-25
How can paternity be set-up in Georgia?
In the State of Georgia, paternity can be established upon the child's birth in a public or private hospital if the father is present. The hospital will provide mother and father with written materials and forms for voluntarily establishing paternity. O.C.G.A. ?19-7-27
If Paternity is established, do I have rights of custody?
In the State of Georgia, paternity does not provide the father with rights of custody. In order for a father to have custody and parenting time with the child, the father will need to file a Petition for Legitimation.
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