Legitimation Attorney in Lake County, Florida 

What Is Legitimation?

Legitimation is the process of establishing a biological father's legal rights and obligations to his child who was born out of wedlock. It provides legal recognition of the father-child relationship and allows the father to have legal standing in matters related to the child such as custody, visitation, and child support. Seeking legitimation in Florida and Georgia can be complex and emotional, and it is crucial to have a trusted attorney on your side. 

If you are interested in legitimation or have already started the process, get the help of our Lake County legitimation attorney. With his guidance and the support of our office, you can navigate this tricky legal matter with confidence. At the Law Offices of Jason G. Smith, we know how important it is to be part of your child’s life and have all the necessary rights and responsibilities. This is why when you choose us, we will do everything in our power to make it so you can be there for your family. 

To discuss the details of your situation, you can call our Lake County, Florida office at (407) 634-2784, or our Newnan, Georgia office at (678) 498-5270

The Legitimation Process in Florida 

There are two ways to establish paternity through legitimation in Florida:

  1. Filing form DH-743A. This document affirms that a father and his partner are a) the biological parents of the child, b) the birth record does not list another father, and c) they were unmarried at the time of the child’s birth but are seeking a marriage license.
  2. Getting a marriage license. A father can legitimize his paternity on this license by stating he and his spouse have children together.

In certain cases, the biological mother of a child may contest a father’s legitimation. If this happens, the father will have to appear in court, and a judge could order a genetic paternity test. 

The Legitimation Process in Georgia

The primary method for establishing paternity through legitimation in Georgia is by petitioning for it. A person must file this petition with the state, and it should include requests for visitation rights, child support, and custody. The child’s biological mother may agree to the petition, which would allow it to move forward. Should a mother object, it would prompt a legitimation hearing. 

During this legal process, a judge may order a test to establish genetic paternity. A judge will also consider the extent to which a father has already attempted to support and establish a relationship with the child. 

Do You Need an Attorney for Legitimation? 

Going through the legitimation process on your own—even if it is uncontested—can be stressful and overwhelming. This is why retaining a trusted lawyer is crucial. At the Law Offices of Jason G. Smith, our Lake County legitimation attorney is here to help you navigate this frequently complicated legal process, from filing the correct forms and documents to advocating for you in any hearings or negotiations. Our attorney has a breadth of experience at his disposal that he can utilize while working with you to secure your rights. 

Do not let confusion or frustration get in your way. Contact the Law Offices of Jason G. Smith. We are proud to serve clients in both Florida and Georgia. To schedule a free consultation at our Lake County, Florida, or Newnan, Georgia, offices, all you have to do is reach out. We also offer virtual consultations. 

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