When a baby is born, there is almost never a debate as to who is the child’s mother. However, it can be more difficult to determine who is the child’s biological father.
When a couple is married, the woman’s husband is presumed to be the baby’s father, but in some cases DNA testing is necessary to determine paternity. Establishing paternity is important because it gives the father rights to see and know their child. Before paternity and legitimation is established, the mother has control over child custody issues.
When married parents decide to divorce, there is often a battle over who should be the children’s primary caregiver. In these situations, fathers may feel like they have fewer rights or that the law favors giving custody to women. While this used to be true, laws in Georgia and around the country have changed in recent years.
Most experts agree that fathers play an important role in the lives of their children. Therefore, laws have shifted from being woman-focused to focusing on the best interest of the child. Under these current laws, fathers are given equal rights to the children and courts understand that it is important for both parents to have a relationship with a child.
Georgia men should understand that it is important for them to fight for their rights when it comes to their children. The family law courts are available to help these people with child custody, child support, and other family law issues.
If you are thinking about divorce and worried about the well-being of your children, contact Dreyer Law for a free consultation. We put the children first and want what is in their best interest.