At the Butterfield Law Firm developing a visitation schedule that respects both the noncustodial and custodial parents is essential to the well-being and development of a child or children.
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Georgia Visitation Laws
Biological parents who have not lost their parental rights normally receive visitation with their child.
For formerly married non-custodial parents, the court will consider their rights of visitation immediately.
If the parents were never married, then the father must pursue visitation rights through a legitimization petition to certify them as the child’s parent.
Grandparents do not have automatic rights to visitation, but they do have the right to pursue the visitation of their grandchild or grandchildren.
A child over 14 may express a choice as to which parent they wish to live with, but that child cannot choose not to visit the noncustodial parent.
If you have had an unfavorable decision with your visitation rights from a court, Georgia law now grants you the opportunity to appeal custody and visitation issues, including modification of court orders, directly to the appellate court, instead of having to seek permission to appeal, as required for divorce cases.