Norman Park, GA asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Georgia

Q: Do I as paternal grandmother have legal standing to file an original petition for change of custody?

Father never legitimated, but paternity was established via a signed paternity affidavit from both parents. In addition, child support enforcement also generated a paternity establishment via their administrative court proceedings. I have lived in Ga with child over 6 years. Neither parent lives in Georgia.

Or does the minor child have to be legitimated in order for me to have standing to file an original petition for change of custody in Superior Court?

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Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: You can file for custody. You need to speak with an attorney about your case as grandparent custody petitions can me complex.

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Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman
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  • Atlanta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: Yes, you have standing to file a petition for custody.

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Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: I agree with my colleagues, you can file for custody. You should consult with an attorney for guidance and to ensure everything is properly handled. -Homer P. Jordan IV, Esq. 404-620-1558 HomerJordan.com

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