In Georgia, a mother can file an action to determine a child’s paternity to establish child support.
However, this is not the only way to establish paternity. In fact, establishing a child’s paternity (or having a biological father recognized for a child) can be done voluntarily by unwed parents, by signing a Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgment Form at the hospital where the child is born. If this is not done at the hospital, it can also be done at the Vital Records Office in the county where the child was born, or in the State Office of Vital Records in Atlanta. However, an Acknowledgment of Paternity cannot be completed if the mother was married to anyone within the 10 months prior to the child’s birth, or if another father is listed on the child’s birth certificate. Finally, paternity can be established by court order or judicial determination by virtue of a divorce decree, separation agreement, or other judicial or administrative order.