Unique Issues For Unmarried Couples

If you are unmarried, but have a child with someone, there are different procedures and laws that apply to the custody and visitation determination. Parental rights for unmarried couples are different than divorcing couples. By law, a mother has sole custody of the child until the father establishes paternity and requests custody or visitation.

Challenges In Establishing Custody And Visitation

Aside from some procedural differences, unmarried couples face many of the same challenges as divorcing couples when working out a custody or visitation matter. Some couples may have been in a long-term relationship and others may have not had a substantial relationship other than conceiving the child. In any case, common issues to address include:

  • Establishing paternity and legitimation
  • Visitation schedule including regular, holiday, summer and vacation parenting time
  • Legal custody - the main decision-making for the child
  • Physical custody - where the child resides on a day-to-day basis
  • Parenting plans
  • Child support

At Bruner & Associates, I assist unmarried clients throughout the Atlanta metro area with all of these and other issues. As an experienced family law attorney, I can help guide you through your unique case with personal attention and compassion. Whether your issues are straightforward or complicated, I can help carefully evaluate your case.

If you need assistance with a custody matter in Georgia, call an experienced family law lawyer at 404-348-8953 (toll-free 866-544-0951) or email my office to set up a free initial consultation.