Georgia House passes bill on grandparents' visitation rights

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 4:13 PM
Last updated 6:29 PM
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ATLANTA -- A unanimous House of Representatives Wednesday supported letting divorce judges grant visitation rights to grandparents.

The sponsor of House Bill 1198, Rep. John Meadows, R-Calhoun, said he was trying to give grandparents some access to their children’s children.

“We’re not asking much,” he said.

The bill would instruct judges considering visitation to consider whether the grandparents paid more than half the child’s living expenses or had kept the child in their home for at least six months. Judges would also be able to consider the parents’ wishes.

Rep. Scott Holcomb, D-Atlanta, asked, “It would give the parents’ deference, and the court would have the final say?”

Meadows agreed. “The courts always have the final say.”

The bill now heads to the Senate.

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Dixieman 03/07/12 - 09:35 pm
A good bill. Especially when

A good bill. Especially when one parent dies, often his or her parents are cut out of the children's lives by the surviving spouse, especially if they were divorced before death. Grandparents need some rights in this area but parents' wishes need to be respected too and a good judge can balance them.

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