What Are My Rights as a Father if Someone is Trying to Adopt My Child?
As a biological father, you have certain rights to information about your child. You must be notified of a child’s birth and any proposed plan to adopt the child. You also are entitled to notice and a court hearing if an individual or couple is seeking to adopt your child. Whether notice occurs by phone…Read More
Fathers’ Rights in Adoption Proceedings
A Georgia adoption can be confusing and complex, especially for fathers who are trying to determine their rights in a pending adoption proceeding. O.C.G.A. § 19-8-12 gives a biological father the right to notice of the filing of any adoption proceedings in the following circumstances, even if the father has never established paternity in order…Read More
Paternity and Legitimation
A paternity suit is when a mother who is not married to the father of her baby brings a lawsuit to declare who the father of the child is. A legitimation suit is where the father of the child brings a lawsuit against the mother to declare that he is the father of the child.…Read More
Father’s rights is not really an area of law but it is rather a philosophy that the father is an equal parent with the mother. He should have no less chance or opportunity to be a parent to his children, and he should have no more responsibility to pay support for his children or any…Read More
Differences in Representing Fathers Seeking Custody of Their Child
I’ve represented roughly equal numbers of mothers and fathers in child custody disputes. In my experience you have to approach the case differently depending on whether or not the mother or the father is the client. Now theoretically, and as written in the law and propounded by the United States Supreme Court, the gender of…Read More
What Rights Do I Have if I’m Not Married to My Child’s Mother?
If the parents of a child are married at the time of the child’s birth, they are the child’s legal mother and father. Therefore, they have equal rights to custody and visitation with the child. If a child is born out of wedlock, however, only the child’s mother has any custody rights to the child.…Read More
How can fathers win custody of their children in Georgia courts?
How do fathers win custody of their children in Georgia courts? The answer is you do so by following the law. In particular you need to under how the “best interest of the child” is defined under Georgia law. The best interest of a child is not just what a judge thinks it is. The…Read More