If you are a father in Georgia looking to obtain legal rights, you have to legitimize your child. If you were not married to your child’s mother when the child was born, without legitimation you have no rights to the child in Georgia. Depending on the situation, the legitimation process may be involved and require several steps to be fulfilled. Legitimation has more benefits than just protecting a father’s rights with his child. It allows for the child to receive financial support from their father, and the child may be eligible for social security benefits from their father.