Lopez v. Olson, et. al. Court of Appeals of Georgia, 2012 WL 676654

Anthony M. Zezima

Case Conclusion Date:March 2, 2012

Practice Area:Appeals

Outcome:Unfavorable Trial Decision Reversed on Appeal

Description:Client appealed a finding by the trial court that her mother and step father were entitled to retain custody of her 2 children based upon a consent order from Alaska. While the Georgia Court of Appeals stated that the Georgia trial court could hear a change of custody case, the Appellate Court stated that the trial court must use the proper standard of proof, and it could not award custody to the grandparents without a finding that the mother was not fit to have custody. The case was reversed and remanded to the trial court for a proper custody determination that followed the Appellate Court's ruling.

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