Atlanta Grandparents' Rights Attorney

Georgia recognizes the importance of grandparent-grandchild relationships. Recent state laws have been enacted to encourage the grandparent-grandchild bond. At the Atlanta law office of Jody A. Miller, we help grandparents throughout north Georgia obtain the visitation time they need to nurture their relationships with their grandchildren.

North Georgia Grandparent Visitation Lawyer

Grandparent-grandchild relationships are important. At the law office of Jody A. Miller, we help grandparents petition the court for visitation time and custody of their grandchildren.

When parents are separated or if there is pending divorce or custody litigation between the parents, grandparents may intervene and ask the courts for visitation time with their grandchildren; they can also file an original action for grandparent visitation rights (if there is no current custody litigation pending). However, there are restrictions on grandparents' rights. If the parents are not separated and the child is living with both parents, the grandparents cannot petition the court for visitation time with their grandchildren.

Courts use a two-prong test when deciding whether to award visitation time to grandparents. First, the court must find that grandchildren will be harmed if visitation with their grandparents is not granted. Second, grandparents must show that it is in the best interests of the grandchildren for the court to grant visitation.

Because courts may presume that it is emotionally harmful for grandchildren's ties with their grandparents to be severed, parents who want to prevent further contact between grandparents and their children might be required to overcome or rebut this presumption.

When determining whether it is in the grandchildren's best interests to have court-ordered visitation with their grandparents, the court will evaluate a wide variety of factors, including past interaction that grandparents have had with their grandchildren and the existing grandparent-grandchild relationship that has developed as well as any financial support grandparents provide to their grandchildren.

Grandchild Custody

In grandparent custody cases, courts do not presume that a child will be emotionally harmed if a grandparent is not granted custody (as they might in a visitation case). Instead, the burden is on the grandparent to show that it is in the child's best interest for custody to be awarded to the grandparent.

For more than 20 years, experienced family law attorney Jody Miller has helped grandparents preserve their relationships with the grandchildren they love.

If you are a grandparent seeking visitation or custody of your grandchild, contact Atlanta grandparents' rights lawyer Jody Miller today at 678-905-7562 or toll free at 866-319-0924.

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  • Karla Adams | Senior Sourcer/Technical Recruiter

    If your looking for honesty and ethical work behavior then hire JODY. She has expert knowledge in family law and will provide you with all the answers to your questions. She is very professional! I am a client and will continue to make referrals along the way.

    ~ January 13, 2012, Karla was Jody's client ~
  • Allen Belletti | AVP Ed. Tech Engineering Innovation

    Jody did a wonderful job of sorting out the mess that I'd gotten into with my divorce. My only regret is that I didn't find her early enough to avoid the mess in the first place. If you find yourself in this sort of situation, I cannot recommend Jody highly enough!

    ~ October 26, 2010, Allen was Jody's client ~
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    I have had the opportunity to network with Jody Miller for several months. Her personality, positive attitude and sense of humor have always captivated me. She is an honest, trustworthy and fair individual. She has always impressed...

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  • David Carter | Civil and Commercial Litigator

    I referred a client whose former divorce attorney had completely "dropped the ball" on the client's matter. Jody met with the client, developed a strategy to accomplish the client's goals, and then executed on that strategy. As a result, ...

  • Rob Stein, Esq. | Civil and Commercial Litigator

    Exceptional --- Professional --- Major Integrity --- Jody will always hold a special place in my heart ---