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In parentage cases (also called "paternity cases"), the court says who a child's parents are. If parents are married when a child is born, there is usually no question about parentage. The law assumes that the husband is the father.
Parents who are not married when a child is born can sign a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity before they leave the hospital or after. The acknowledgment is recorded in the putative father registry maintained by the Department of Human Resources. See O.C.G.A. §19-7-46.1
When people who are not married can't agree about paternity, the court can order genetic testing. The superior and state courts have concurrent jurisdiction in all proceedings for the determination of paternity of children who are residents of this state.
Usually a child's parentage must be established before you can get child support or custody and visitation orders. You can ask the judge for child support or custody and visitation orders as part of a case that establishes the child's parentage.
Originally posted by MajorMalfunction
BTW, proving your paternity will also put you on the hook for child support, which is usually quite expensive.
But then, REAL fathers don't have a problem paying for their share of the upkeep of their kids. It's just men like my ex that play deadbeat while flying around the country and buying motorcycles and video games. :shk: