Grandparents Should Get To See Their Grandchildren
Most people will agree that it is important for grandparents to spend time with their grandchildren. In some cases, though, Georgia courts award custody rights to grandparents, particularly when both parents of a child are deceased or when neither parent is able to provide an appropriate level of care because of substance abuse, mental health issues or other reasons.
When Georgia courts consider granting child custody to grandparents, they consider the “best interests of the child.” The best interests test consists of several factors, including the physical and emotional health of the child and the ability of available caregivers to ensure the child’s safety and welfare. Courts also can consider the wishes of the children and their relationships with their grandparents.
Protecting Grandparents’ Rights With Strong Legal Representation
If you are a grandparent seeking custody of your grandchild or grandchildren, attorney Shawn Hammond, can help. In situations where children’s needs will be best met by their grandparents, he can represent you in important legal matters that include:
- Court petitions for temporary custody
- Legal custodianship or legal guardianship
- Termination of parental rights
- Private deprivation actions to have children removed from a parent’s home and placed in a grandparent’s custody
- Grandparent adoptions that make custody arrangements permanent
Attorney Hammond is experienced in handling all proceedings on behalf of grandparents and other relatives who are seeking custody of children. He is a lawyer with excellent legal knowledge and extensive courtroom experience in all types of family law and custodial matters.