Issues Involved in Contested Legitimation and Paternity Cases

Issues Involved in Contested Legitimation and Paternity Cases

Are You Involved in a Contested Paternity Dispute in Georgia?

In contested actions, there are usually issues concerning the amount of child support to be paid, the incomes of the parties and restrictions that should be placed on visitation periods. In order to narrow these issues, the lawyer will utilize the “discovery process” permitted under the Georgia Civil Practice Act.

Contrary to what may be portrayed on television, a trained domestic attorney does not normally ask a question in court to which he does not already know the answer. The gathering of such pertinent information is accomplished through this process called “discovery.” This can involve such things as written interrogatories or questions to the other party (which must be answered by that party under oath), the production of financial records from the other party, or from the other party’s employer, bank, accountant, etc. (e.g., tax returns, business or corporate records, expense accounts), the taking of depositions before a court reporter, as well as other available methods of fact investigation.

If custody or visitation is one of the issues under contention, your attorney may deem it appropriate or beneficial to request that the Court appoint a guardian ad litem to perform an independent investigation and represent the interests of any minor children. If severe stress or emotional problems are alleged, your attorney may request that either or both of the parties, along with the minor children if appropriate, undergo a court-ordered psychological evaluation. Each case is unique and must be handled depending upon the individual needs of the client.

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