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Legitimation Attorney In Augusta

Smith & Smith Attorneys at Law

If the father was not married to the mother at the time of the birth, the father only has the duty to pay child support but has no parental rights. To obtain parental rights, the father must petition the court to legitimate the child. If the mother opposes the legitimation, the action becomes contested and the parents and the child must submit to DNA testing. If the mother does not oppose the legitimation, then the action is uncontested and DNA testing is generally not required.

When a father petitions for legitimation, generally, child support and visitation rights are established either by consent or by court order. If a father fails to legitimate his child, he does not have the right to visitation or have a voice in decisions concerning medical treatment, religious affiliation or education and extracurricular activities.

Smith & Smith Attorneys at Law have spent over twenty years in the practice of Divorce and Family Law and because we specialize in this area of the law, we believe that we can and will provide you with superior legal representation and the experience you need.



"Beth Ann is a bulldog who takes no gruff in court. She did not represent me in my original divorce, but for custody revisions. I wish she had. Thankful to have her represent me and would recommend her to anyone looking for one of the best."


"Mrs. Beth Ann Smith is a lovely lady. She worked hard on my case day and night and she won me my 5 year old daughter. She will do everything in her power to get you what you deserve...She's there to help you with any questions you have and she understood what pain and stress I was going through and she was just the best. I would go back to her if I ever need legal help again because I know she will get the job done."


Smith Smith
Attorneys at Law

3540 Wheeler Road Suite 611
Augusta, GA 30907

(706) 481-8211