Georgia Child Custody and Habeas Corpus

Habeas Corpus, as it relates to child custody, is when one person (usually a parent) claims custody rights of a child and is seeking to claim physical custody of such child that is being allegedly detained illegally by another person (usually the other parent or a person desiring a change of custody rights). In Georgia, the person bringing a habeas corpus … Continue reading Georgia Child Custody and Habeas Corpus

Actions NOT To Take During Your Divorce

As most know, divorcing can be a very stressful and cumbersome experience.  However, there are actions and steps that can and should be taken to make the process easier (See our blog post: Divorce Tips) and there are actions that should be avoided so as to not make a stressful situation worse. Actions that should be avoided by any divorcing … Continue reading Actions NOT To Take During Your Divorce

Georgia Guardian Ad Litems: Their Role In Contested Child Custody and Divorce Cases

In Georgia, a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) is an attorney appointed by the Court to represent the best interests of the child/children in a contested child custody or divorce case.  A Guardian Ad Litem is not necessary in every such case.  An appointment usually occurs when one party makes serious allegations about the ability of the … Continue reading Georgia Guardian Ad Litems: Their Role In Contested Child Custody and Divorce Cases

Child Abuse and Neglect in Georgia

Child abuse and neglect can lead to the termination of parental rights, change of custody and/or criminal charges.  If you have knowledge of the abuse or neglect of a minor child, you should report this behavior immediately. You can contact DFCS directly at: Child Protective Services 404-651-9361 (phone) 404-657-4483 (fax) General information: 404-657-3400 Post written by: Attorney Tiffany Lunn

Child Custody: Parent vs. Non-parent/Third Party

Georgia law designates non-parents/third parties into two (2) groups:  Specified party and Non-specified party.  A specified party includes: a grandparent, great-grandparent, aunt, uncle, great-aunt, great-uncle, sibling or adoptive parent. A non-specified party includes all others.  The importance of these designations in Georgia Child Custody law is based on the difference in legal burden that the court requires by the non-parent via … Continue reading Child Custody: Parent vs. Non-parent/Third Party