While no specific "standard visitation" rights are defined for grandparents in the Georgia code, it does clearly give grandparents the right to file for visitation or intervene in a pending matter (divorce, custody change, termination of parental rights, etc) and seek visitation privileges with the child(ren). As is standard across the nation, a "best interests of the child(ren)" standard is used to determine the extent and type of visitation to be awarded. (C.G.A. 19-9-3)
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If you have had your grandchild for 6 years because mother had a drug problem and she is now back wanting her daugthter, is it within reason to ask to see her every other week-end and one night a week - child will be 9 on March 7 and is very attached me and has no contact with mother.
Knowing Cobb County likes to give natural parent the child.
Every court likes to give the natural parents custody, however this is not without limitation. Maintaining stability is very important (as you know) to a child's well being. When you have raised this child for six years while the mother wrestled with a drug addiction, you are being completely reasonable in limiting her initial visits with the child and making this a gradual transition. I think most any judge would agree with you while ultimately wishing to reunite the mother with her child (after the mother has proven herself to be drug free and stable over a significant period of time).
Obviously you should consult a local attorney who is familiar with your local judges and their standard practices.
Thank you again so, so much - I just trying to get all the information I can. I will bother you one more time. In your opinion, about how long does one use as a guideline to measure say stability and trustworthy? And, again in your opinion, how long should a transition period be.
I certainly wish I could give you an answer to that question. Unfortunately that will completely depend on several factors such as...
- the length of time the child has been with you
- the nature of contact the child has had with the mother
- the stability of your home
- the nature of the mother's drug abuse
- the length of her sobriety
- the stability of the mother's occupation, education, and home life
- the child's attitude about being abandoned by the mother
- the child's performance in school
- any psychological opinions about the impact of this change in the child's life
- any medical or therapeutic opinions about the mother's stability (emotional, substance abuse, etc)
- the judge's prior tendencies in similar situations
This list could go on and on. I think it is enough to say that where a mother has abandoned her child with little or no contact for six years (two thirds of her life) we cannot expect to mend this relationship overnight.. or even in a few weeks. This process will and should take months and potentially years to complete. I also do not think the judge will look favorably on the mother not wanting you to have contact with the child... you have been this child's parent for two thirds of her life. It certainly would not be in the child's best interests to remove all contact. That would be the reaction of an addict... not a good mother.
I will be going offline but I will check your posting again in the morning to see if you need any other information. I wish you the very best and please feel free to reply if i can help further.
You said in an earlier post that you had your grandchild for 6 years and the grandchild was about to turn 9... that's 2/3.
Your motives are sound, loving and rational. Your daughter has obviously struggled with many problems and you should continue to look out for the innocent one in this situation while continuing to love and pray for your daughter.
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