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How do I establish paternity in Georgia?

There are numerous cases of unwed mothers having babies in Norcross. In these situations, the mother may have a hard time collecting child support from the father if he or she does not voluntarily step forward and agree that he is the father of the child. In these cases, the mother will need to establish the paternity of the father in question.

The results of a mandatory, court-ordered paternity test will support a mother in receiving child support from the biological father in question. If the paternity test fails to prove that the man in question was the father, however, the mother will be responsible for paying the fee for the test which could be between $29.95 and $88.95. If the man is proved to be the father, on the other hand, then the man will be responsible to pay this fee. Mothers receiving Family Medicaid or TANF will not be charged this feel.

Here are other ways that paternity is established in Georgia:

  • Both the mother and father were married at the time the child was born;
  • The unwed parents complete a Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgment Form at the hospital or the state or county Office of Vital Records; and
  • If a court confirms that a particular man is the father via a court order.

Once paternity has been established, the Division of Child Support Services will assist parents in collecting money relating to child support payments that are owed, receiving child health insurance and take action to enforce other services. If you're currently trying to establish the paternity of a child in Georgia -- whether you're a father looking to establish his parental rights or a mother seeking to receive child support payments -- a Georgia family law attorney can assist you.

Source: State of Georgia, Division of Child Support Services, "Paternity Establishment," accessed July 28, 2017

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