Georgia Divorce Grandparents’ Rights
In most divorce cases, grandparents are not eligible to file for custody or visitation. But in some circumstances, grandparents play a major role in the upbringing of their grandchildren. In fact, data from the 2010 U.S. Census reports that 4.9 million American children are being raised by their grandparents.
The rights of a child’s biological parent may be terminated for various reasons, including a history of abuse or abandonment. In other situations, a child’s parent or parents may be unable to care for him or her due to an illness, addiction, disability, incarceration or even military service.
Grandparents as Primary Caregivers
In situations where one or both of a child’s parents are unable to care for him or her, it is often left up to family members like grandparents to step in. In these circumstances, the grandparents may file for temporary or permanent guardianship or even custody if the parents’ rights have been terminated.
Grandparents may also file for visitation under certain circumstances, especially if they have had a major role in raising their grandchildren prior to the finalization of a new custody arrangement.