ESTABLISHING PATERNITY IN GEORGIA TITLE
Establishing Paternity in Georgia
How to establish paternity?
There are two common ways to establish paternity. The first is mandatory paternity testing, which is required by law by the Division of Child Support Services in all newly established child support cases. A court order such as a divorce decree or separation agreement can also call for paternity establishment.
Paternity may also be established when the child’s parents are legally married at the time of the child’s birth. Unwed parents may also sign a Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgement Form either at the hospital at the time of the child’s birth or a later date at the State Office of Vital Records located in Atlanta. You can also sign this form at the Vital Records Office located in the county where the child was born.