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Guidelines and restrictions on grandparents' visitation

Getting grandparents' rights instated can be very difficult, but it is possible. One thing to be aware of is that the courts set the guidelines for what is a fair and reasonable visitation schedule. In the state of Georgia, the visitation schedule must include at least 24 hours a month minimum if grandparent visitation is awarded. This may be divided into a weekly, biweekly or monthly schedule depending on the best interests of the child and the schedules for both parties.

However, even if you are awarded visitation with your grandchildren, it's important to be aware that there may be some restrictions. One common example of this is that your visitation with your grandchildren cannot be at the same time as their school or extracurricular activities because visitation cannot interfere with these things.

You may be able to go to these activities, however, as part of your court order. It may be possible to have the courts put in the order that the child's parents must inform you of any public performances or events so that you may attend if you wish. This may be possible even in cases where a petition for specific visitation rights has been denied. Activities that may qualify for this include dance and music performances, school programs and sports games.

It's also important to be aware that grandparents' visitation is not always permanent. Under Georgia law, the parent or legal guardian of the child can ask the courts to evaluate the current arrangement and modify and/or terminate it every two years. For more information about your rights as a grandparent and the possibility of court-ordered visitation, talk with a family law attorney.

Source: GeorgiaLegalAid.org, "Grandparent Visitation," accessed Dec. 31, 2015

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