Grandparent's Rights Lawyers
Solving Visitation & Custody Conflicts
Grandparent rights laws exist to prevent grandparents from being alienated from their grandchildren. This area of family law typically comes into play due to divorce or adoption events. Grandparents can fight for visitation or custody. The decision of the court to grant or deny is generally based on what is perceived to be in the child's best interest. Our family law services can help you with grandparent rights issues.
When grandparents can petiton the court
Grandparents can pursue legal remedies for visitation issues if there are pending legal actions that may affect custody. This includes divorce of the child's parents or termination of parental rights.
Factors courts may consider
The State of Georgia does not have a formal list of factors that determine what is "in the best interest of the child". The lack of specific criteria allows the court tremendous latitude in making decisions. Generally speaking the court takes a comprehensive vie of the situation. Key areas of consideration include:
- Factors related to the child's safety, welfare, physical and mental health
- Strength of the grandparent/grandchild relationship
- Potential benefits from the involvement of the grandparent(s)
- Expressed desires of the child and parents
How the court process works
We can prepare and file your paperwork. The court may choose to appoint a guardian ad litem (a representative for the child). All of the parties involved may go to mediation (out of court meeting) to come up with their own arrangements. If mediation is not possible your case will be decided by a judge
Get more information or get started
If you're in a challenging situation you should call 678-880-9360 to SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION. You can chat with a grandparents' rights attorney. Go ahead and at least explore your options.