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Paternity in Atlanta

Paternity is the legal establishment of fatherhood. It is used to make sure that it is the biological father that is being asked to maintain the financial responsibility toward a child. As a default, a husband is considered the father upon a child’s birth; meanwhile, a father that is not married to the mother must sign a voluntary declaration of paternity.

As of the past few years, DNA testing allows for more certainty in establishing paternity, and some states have over the counter paternity tests. Fathers with legally established paternity have financial responsibilities, but also the benefit of visitation and custody rights. Paternity often crops up when a relationship has come to an end, or if a secret relationship is revealed, or if a father is being uncooperative. In any and all such situations, an Atlanta Family Law attorney is best equipped to help resolve paternity related issues.


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4 Ways to Establish Paternity

Paternity is the age-old "baby daddy" question. It's the legal recognition of a man as a child's father. Paternity often has to be established for legal rights like child custody, support, visitation, adoption and inheritance.

Paternity is commonly established through DNA testing. But it's not the only way. Here are a few other ways Georgia allows paternity establishments to be made:

Kanye West dropped a bombshell on stage Sunday night by singing, "God brought us a whole new plan, baby. 'Cause now you're having my baby."

That's right. Kim Kardashian is pregnant with Kanye's baby, according to TMZ. To complicate matters, Kim is still technically married to Kris Humphries -- a fact that could affect the paternity determination.

Lindsay Lohan may have just gained a half-sister.

According to a DNA test, Lindsay's dad Michael Lohan fathered an illegitimate love child back in 1995 while married to Dina Lohan, TMZ reports. While a guest on "The Trisha Goddard Show," Michael came face to face with his newfound daughter, Ashley Horn, for the first time.

Awkwardness ensued.

In his new book "Purpose," Wyclef Jean claims he and Lauryn Hill were pretty close during their time in the Fugees -- so close that the former bandmates could've had a love child.

Jean accuses Hill of duping him into believing that he was the father of her baby, TMZ reports. Jean turned out not to be the father, but he still held a grudge up until recently, Jean says in the book.

Akon, the man behind such enduring classics as "Smack That" and "I Just Had Sex," has gotten in trouble in the past over his overactive libido. You probably remember when the singer grinded on a 15-year-old fan back in 2007, drawing fire from conservative pundits Bill O'Reilly and Michelle Malkin, among others.

Now Akon seems to be stepping up to the plate and taking responsibility for his sexcapades. Last month, the R&B star filed paternity documents in a Georgia court to gain custody of two children born out of wedlock, TMZ reports.

A good chunk of our posts have dealt with professional athletes who've fallen behind on their child support payments. However, not all pro athletes are deadbeat dads.

Former Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson recently signed a $126-million contract with the Brooklyn Nets. Now, he wants to ensure that his son gets a piece of it. Johnson has filed paternity documents in Georgia court to establish himself as the legal father of his 5-year-old son, TMZ reports.

The Time Magazine Breastfeeding Cover: 3 Family Law Questions to Ask

Time Magazine will be hitting the stands with its latest issue in the coming weeks and its new cover is causing a stir, just in time for Mother's Day.

The cover features a woman breastfeeding a pre-school age child. The controversial cover is prompting emotions on both sides of the breastfeeding issue. While some women feel that breastfeeding is extremely important, others feel that breastfeeding an older child may constitute child abuse.

Janelle Denise Goforth Held In Alleged Rape of 15-year-old Boy

A woman from DeKalb County, Janelle Denise Goforth, has been arrested in connection with statutory rape and child molestation of a 15-year-old boy, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. And there may be the possibility that she may have had the boy's child.

Janelle Denise Goforth, is 33-years-old. It was the boy's guardian, Tia Stephens, who allegedly caught Goforth with the boy. She became the boy's guardian after his mother died when he was just 8-years-old.

Later it was discovered that Goforth was pregnant and Tia Stephens became concerned because the boy was being pointed as the possible father. Now Tia Stephens wants a paternity test to determine the truth.

Roddy White Paternity Ends With Him Acknowleding Child

Late last year FindLaw's Atlanta Family Law Blog discussed the news that Falcons star wide receiver, Roddy White, may be going through a paternity issue and might be having to take a test.

Well, it turns out that Roddy White ended up acknowledging the child with Atlantan Stacy Hott, reports TMZ.

Teen Moms Statistics USA: Unintended Teen Moms Study Released

Unintended teen moms such as Bristol Palin and those on MTV's Teen Mom show have made national headlines recently.

However, while the cultural landscape discussed them, there was a lot of empirical data missing. Now, thankfully, to resolve the teen mom mystery, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta has put forward a new study, reports 11 Alive Atlanta.