Grandparents’ Rights in Georgia
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When parents get divorced, it is unfortunately common for the rights and
desires of the child’s grandparents to be ignored. The State of
Georgia recognizes how important this relationship can be for a young
person’s development, and there are legal options to protect your
rights as a grandparent.
At The Law Offices of David E. Oles, we proudly stand for the rights of
grandparents. We believe that a relationship with your grandchild should
not end because of their parents’ divorce, and our
Alpharetta family law attorney will work tirelessly to keep this intact when you retain our firm.
Take action today to stay involved in your grandchild’s life. Call
our firm for a
free case evaluation.
When Can a Grandparent Gain Visitation?
If a child lives with both parents, your ability to take legal action to
establish visitation is very limited. If they only live with one child,
however, you will have the ability to sue for visitation, or even
custody. Additionally, a divorce attorney can help you join an existing legal
action such as a divorce or adoption to establish these rights.
In Georgia, courts will award visitation to a grandparent if both of the
following are met:
- Granting visitation will be in the best interests of the child
- The health or welfare of the child would be harmed if visitation was denied
How Do Courts Determine if the Child’s Interests Will Be Harmed?
When determining if the child’s welfare or health will be harmed
if visitation is denied, the court will primarily look at the existing
relationship between the child and their grandparent. If any of the following
are true, the court will generally decide that visitation is in the child’s
- If the child lived with the grandparent for at least six months
- If the grandparent supported the child financially for one year or more
- If the child had regular visitation with, or was cared for by the grandparent
Every situation is unique, and the court will take care to consider any
other circumstances which suggest that denying visitation will lead to
emotional or physical damage. It is vital that you have a skilled Alpharetta
divorce lawyer who can help you demonstrate that visitation will be good
for the child.
Call Today to Establish Your Rights
The relationship a child has with their grandparents can play a big role
in their future health and happiness, and our firm is dedicated to helping
grandparents stay involved in their life. When you retain The Law Offices
of David E. Oles, you can expect committed representation from an attorney
who is compassionate, knowledgeable, and always prepared.
Want to learn more about your rights as a grandparent?
Call (770) 648-0744 today to get started.