New York, NY asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Georgia

Q: Just found out about a possible child in GA. Is it better to voluntarily get a paternity test or wait for a court order

No paternity as of yet has been established. Would I owe back child support for a kid I never knew I had?

2 Lawyer Answers
Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: It's never a good idea to wait. Take a test and if the child is yours, start paying child support.

Homer P Jordan IV agrees with this answer

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: I agree with my colleague. It's a good idea to take the test now and if it is your child to start paying child support. You may also want to file for legitmation, so you have legal rights to the child. Without filing for legitimation you will not have any legal rights to the child, but you will still be held responsible for paying child support. Consult with an attorney who can help you with this process. -Homer P. Jordan IV, Esq. 404-620-1558 HomerJordan.com

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