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  • Thank you Tony P for being a wonderful blessing and friend to our family. In all my 68 years, I have never met a kinder person. With love, P.H. – Rydal, GA
  • Dear Tony, Thank you for your selfless commitment to our family. Please know that I will never take advantage of your generosity. I perish the thought of where we would be without you. Even after every dime is paid to you, we will eternally be in your debt. Warmest regards, T.C.H. – Athens, GA
  • Thank you so much Tony. I appreciate all that you have done. May God bless you. Tell Wendy thanks also. R – Cartersville, GA
  • Tony, Thank you! Poor B … was so wound up I thought he was going to burst. Thank you for giving him good, accurate information. In Christ, F.D.S. – Cartersville, GA
  • Mr. Perrotta, I'm sure you hear this all the time and hope that you can take another letter of gratitude. Our case pales in comparison to other issues that go on in the world today, but in our eyes and for our future, it is monumental.... R.C. – Marietta, GA
  • Tony, my life is more peaceful than it has ever been. Thank you for all you did to help make it so. I'm forever grateful. Merry Christmas, S – Cartersville, GA
  • Dear Tony, Thanks again for your hard work in helping me to protect my little girls. You have given me my life back. I will always be in your debt. Regards, T.L. – Cartersville, GA
  • I came to Tony Perrotta needing help in the worst kind of way. My daughter had lost her daughters into DFACS care. I wanted them to live with me, but DFACS literally refused to allow this to happen.... Laura F. – Cartersville, GA
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  • TOP NOTCH! These folks share the ups and downs of the emotional rollercoaster of Family Law and practice with fervent regard of each of their clients. My best… Kimberly G. – Cartersville, GA

Protecting the rights of Georgia fathers

Georgia law is gender neutral when determining who should have primary child custody-the father or the mother. Instead, courts look to the relationship each parent has with the child. However, there are times when fathers need a little help to obtain their rights.

For example, if you father a child out of wedlock, you won't have any parental rights until you establish paternity (known as legitimation in Georgia).

There are many reason why it's important to establish paternity if your child was born out of wedlock. While the mother may encourage you to have a close relationship with your child now, her attitude may change in the future. As the parent with sole custody rights, the mother could cut off visits with your child at any time. Establishing paternity will ensure that you have a right to be involved in your child's life, even if your relationship with the mother ends.

If the mother agrees that you are the father, you can establish paternity without the need for a DNA test.

Protecting your rights as a father in divorce

While Georgia law is gender neutral when it comes to child custody in cases of divorce, judges are human and some may favor awarding primary custody to the mother, especially for younger children. For this reason, it's important to work with an attorney who knows the judges and knows how to present a convincing case for you.

As a father, it's important to establish a strong relationship with your child and involvement in your child's life during your marriage. If the mother is the primary caretaker during your marriage, the court may be inclined to continue that status in your child custody order.

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