Georgia House passes bill on grandparents' visitation rights

 

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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