Do you have doubts about whether you are actually the biological parent of a child? Or has your paternity been legally questioned?
When parties who are unmarried have a child, and disputes arise over the establishment of paternity, custody, visitation and support, the type of suit filed depends on the status of the father. In the state of Georgia Paternity law deals with the legal relationship between a father and a child, including the rights and obligations of both the man and the child to each other as well as to others. A child’s paternity may be relevant in relation to issues of legitimacy, inheritance and rights to a putative father’s title or surname, as well as the biological father’s rights to custody and obligations for child support.
Whether you are interested in DNA evidence to prove or disprove paternity, or you are interested in collecting or defending against child support payments, Atlanta paternity attorney Karen Brown-Williams recognizes the interests of both the mother and the father in establishing paternity.
Paternity and Child Support
If you are pregnant or have given birth to a child and are seeking to establish paternity to enforce your rights to child support. let us explore all of your options and alternatives to effectively establish paternity and assert your rights to the financial assistance you and your child need.
Paternity and Visitation
If you are a biological father but have not yet established your parental rights to visitation and even custody, we will fight hard to assert and protect your rights to visitation. The Williams Firm P.C. will take every necessary legal action to do what is best for you and your child.
Paternity Defense Representation
If you are involved in a paternity dispute in Georgia and you are seeking to defend yourself against a paternity establishment, you need aggressive legal representation to protect your rights. If you believe that you may not be the father of the child, Atlanta paternity attorney Karen Brown-Williams can help you obtain the required DNA test to demonstrate your case. Do not wait to assert your rights or you may be forced to pay child support payments for a child that is not yours.
Contact The Williams Firm, P.C. to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced paternity lawyer.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to get a divorce in Georgia?
You can finalize a divorce as little as 31 days after service. Georgia does not require a waiting period for divorce.
Am I entitled to alimony?
Alimony is based on one party's financial needs and the other party's ability to pay, as well as conduct issues. Realistically speaking, alimony these days is intended to be rehabilitative in nature, to provide the requesting spouse with an opportunity to become gainfully employed and/or to increase his or her earning potential. Some judges are more likely to award spousal support than others, so it helps if your attorney is familiar with your assigned judge.
How are our assets divided?
Georgia is an equitable division property state. Equitable division means whatever is fair and reasonable under the circumstances; it does not necessarily mean an equal division of "marital" assets between spouses, although more often than not, most assets are divided somewhere in the range of 50/50. There are numerous factors the court will consider to determine what is fair and reasonable under the circumstances
Does every case have to go to trial?
No. The vast majority of cases, including family law matters, are resolved without a trial, through agreement of the spouses, negotiations by their attorneys, or mediation. If the spouses cannot agree, even after being prodded to do so by attorneys, mediators, and the court, a trial is necessary.
What is family court?
It is a court devoted to handling only family law cases.
What is child custody?
Custody is a legal determination of how the parties care and make decisions for minor children. There are two types of custody: Legal and Physical. Legal custody determines which parent(s) will participate in making major decisions affecting the children, such as decisions about the children’s education, healthcare and well-being. Physical custody involves who will care for the children on a day-to-day basis.
What factors can be used to decide custody?
Ideally, the parties to a divorce are able to reach a mutually agreeable out of court marital settlement agreement that includes custody and visitation with any minor children of the marriage. When it becomes clear an agreement is not forthcoming, a court will have to decide using a “best interest of the child” standard.
How is child support calculated?
Child support is calculated based upon guidelines that are established by the state. Generally, child support guidelines take into account the incomes of the parties, the number of days each party has the child, and other expenses related to the child, such as health care and daycare costs. Although each state has set guidelines, the Court may deviate from the guidelines at its discretion.
What is alimony?
Alimony is generally a support payment by one spouse to the other spouse. Alimony is generally not available to a spouse who caused the dissolution of the marriage by adultery or desertion. Alimony may be paid in a one-time lump sum, periodic payments for a limited time or until the receiving spouse dies or remarries. Alimony is awarded to either spouse in accordance with the needs of the spouse and the ability of the other spouse to pay
What is “Joint Legal Custody”?
Joint legal custody means that both parents have the right to make decisions affecting the children such as education, medical, religious, extra-curricular and so on.
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