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Visitation and your rights as a grandparent

If you're worried about your rights as a grandparent in Georgia, it's important to learn the facts before you make any decisions or claims. For instance, in Georgia, did you know that if your son or daughter gives a grandchild up for adoption, your right to see that child may be lost forever? There are instances when you may be able to see your grandchild, but only if a natural relative or stepparent receives custody.

This kind of concern may be troublesome to you, and it's important that you are given access to your grandchildren when it's in their best interests. Grandparents' rights are still limited, and it's not possible to get visitation rights if your grandchild is still living with both parents. This means that you may have little to no recourse if your child and partner decide not to include you in your grandchild's life.

You can file for visitation or custody in some circumstances, though. For example, if you can prove that emotional or physical harm will come from the child being withheld from you, then the court may grant you access. The same is true if one or both parents have died or been imprisoned. If you have a pattern of spending time with your grandchildren or have lived with your grandchildren, this will also work in your favor.

Our website has more information on your rights as a grandparent and what you can do if you fear you're going to miss out on your grandchild's life. You can request visitation or custody in some situations, so it's worth understanding how your rights will stand up in court.

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