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Augusta Paternity Lawyer

Paternity and Legitimation Attorney — Columbia County, Georgia

Filing a paternity action with the court is often an action taken by mothers to establish and declare whom the biological father of their child is for the purpose of having the court approve an order to pay child support. Sometimes, fathers can ask for a blood or DNA test to dispute a finding of paternity if they believe they are not the child’s father and want to be relieved of their legal responsibilities. At Stephen H. Hagler LLC, we have experience representing individuals in complex paternity and legitimation cases, and we can help you resolve the issues needed to achieve your legal objectives.

Do you need help with a paternity or legitimation issue? Contact our law office for the legal advice you need. We have been serving the needs of Georgia residents since 1991, and we can provide you with the advocacy you desire.

Paternity representation from an Augusta Lawyer

A petition to establish paternity is the legal process used by mothers to obtain child support from the biological father identified by a blood or DNA test. Sometimes even a blood or DNA test is not required to obtain a declaration of paternity. These issues can be contentious, which makes having a knowledgeable family law attorney in your corner very important. If you have a paternity issue, do not wait to seek legal representation.

At Stephen H. Hagler LLC, we get to know you and your needs. We will work with you to protect your interests and achieve your goals. Do not hesitate to ask us any of your paternity-related questions.


Once paternity has been established and recognized by the court, a biological father can then petition for legitimation. Legitimation will allow a father to have legal standing to request custodial rights, parenting time, and visitation with the child. We can help you pursue these options.

Removing previously determined paternity

In some instances, the law allows prior determinations of fatherhood or paternity to be set aside, subsequently relieving the previously determined father of his child support payments and other obligations. The court may only do this in certain circumstances so it is important to consult a skilled attorney if you want to pursue or block a paternity order from being set aside.

We offer free consultations

We are committed to making our paternity and legitimation services convenient. We are willing to come to you if you are not able to get to our office in Martinez, Georgia. To schedule a free consultation with a compassionate family law attorney, call us at (706) 860-9060 or send us an e-mail.

Office in Augusta

Stephen H. Hagler, LLC,
4070 Columbia Road, Suite 200
Martinez, GA 30907

Phone: (706) 860-9060
Fax: (706) 855-7844

Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM