When most people in Georgia think about child custody and visitation rights from a family law perspective, they probably think in terms of arrangements between two parents with minor children, whether those parents were married or not. However, the reality is that sometimes grandparents get involved in these conversations as well. After all, most grandparents want to be involved in their grandchildren’s lives as much as possible.
But, sometimes parents don’t want grandparents involved in their minor children’s lives, for whatever reason. When that happens, grandparents may attempt to learn more about their legal rights to visitation with their grandchildren.
For the most part, parents can decide what is best for their children, assuming they have legal custody and are capable of doing so. Although grandparents in Georgia certainly have the right to present their case for visitation, or even custody in some cases, to a family law court, the reality is that a court typically will not step in and change the parent’s decisions without some evidence that the parent is abusive, a drug user or is in some other way incapable of properly caring for the children.
However, that doesn’t mean that there is no hope for grandparents in Georgia who are seeking a legal means of getting the right to visit with their grandchildren. Family law courts always try to do what is in the “best interests” of the child. The facts of any given case are unique and creative solutions may be possible. Getting the right information about the legal options in your own unique grandparents’ rights case is crucial when addressing these issues in Georgia family law courts.