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Father's Rights to Custody

Posted on October 7, 2015 at 5:00 PM

There is a common misconception that mothers have more rights to child custody than fathers and this is not true. In fact, both parents have equal rights to the custody of the children, even though there are some policies and procedures that come into play for fathers who were not married to their children's mother when she gave birth to the children. In Georgia, unwed fathers are not automatically given rights to their children, even when the birth certificate states the father's name. A legitimation action must be filed with the courts in order to gain the parental right to custody and to make the child an heir of the father. Essentially, a legitimation action provides legal rights to both the father and child(ren). A petition for legitimation must be filed by the father and the mother may consent to the legitimation. Additionally, the legitimation action must be filed in the county where the mother resides. The father, if he chooses, may also include claims for custody, visitation, or parenting time in the legitimation action. Until a legitimation action is filed, the mother of a child born out of wedlock is the only individual with a legal claim of right to the child.


As with any legal action, it is important to consult with an attorney prior to filing a petition for legitimation.

-Faith P. Barrett-Hill, Esq.


Convicted Felons Have Rights Too!!!

Posted on September 1, 2015 at 10:20 PM

Convicted felon and "rights" in the same phrase seems unthinkable, right? Think again. In Georgia, convicted felons have rights and the ability to have rights restored…it's all a process. First off, in Georgia, once an individual's sentence is over (incarceration and/or probation), the person who was convicted instantly is restored his/her right to vote! Yes, you read right, a convicted individual's right to vote is immediately restored after their sentence is completed. This means that all a person who finished their sentence has to do is register to vote. Don't be left out of the 2016 election by failing to vote…after all it's your RIGHT! In fact, it's one of the most important rights granted to United States citizens and there's no reason a convicted felon who has "paid their debt" to society should not exercise that right. When exercising voting rights, remember to educate yourselves on the issues and the candidate and vote according to who you believe will best serve you and your community. 

So, now you're thinking, okay, voting rights are great and all (at least every 4 years or so), but you said something about rights restored, what's that about? Well, in Georgia, when an individual has been convicted of a crime, they are stripped of certain civil and political rights that are not automatically restored, including the right to sit on a jury, the right to run for and hold public office, and the right to serve as a notary public. However, a convicted felon can submit an application to the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to restore the civil rights that were lost upon conviction.  All sentences must have been completed at least 2 years prior to submitting the application. Likewise, convicted felons may be eligible to have their crimes pardoned by the State of Georgia through the parole board. Of course, certain conditions must be met, but being pardoned is an official statement of forgiveness for previous crimes and may help convicted felons in their quest for education and/or employment. The point is, convicted felons in Georgia have rights too! Know them!!! 

For more information on Pardons and the Restoration of Civil and Political Rights in Georgia, visit the State Board of Pardons and Paroles website:

-Faith P. Barrett, Esq.


July 2015 Will Assistance Seminars

Posted on July 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM

During the month of July, 2015, Barrett Partners Group, LLC provided 3  free Will Assistance Seminars to local senior residents in the Atlanta metro area at Columbia Residential Senior Residences.  BPG provided the seminars on-site at Columbia Colony, Columbia Blacksheer, and Columbia Heritage.  We are excited that we were able to educate the communities and provide estate planning assistance. We plan to continue offering Will Assistance Seminars in connection with our partnership with Columbia Residential!

New Partnership!

Posted on June 22, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Barrett Partners Group, LLC is proud to announce its new partnership with Columbia Residential!  BPG will begin providing Will Assistance Seminars at no charge to Columbia Residential Senior residences in July, 2015.  The Will Seminars are a part of a new initiative to educate individuals on the importance of having a Will.  We are excited about the chance to educate the community and provide help to those seeking Wills.