Family members visitation rights
Georgia law provides for visitation with children to be requested by other family members, in addition to parents and grandparents.
Who is authorized to pursue visitation with childrenUnder the revisions in 2016 to the grandparent visitation statute, other family members such as great-grandparents, uncles and aunts, and siblings are entitled to pursue visitation.
What restrictions are there to seeking visitation by family membersAs with grandparent visitation, the child cannot be living with both parents. This would prevent any action by a court to override the choices of parents in an intact family. However, unlike grandparent visitation, there is an additional restriction. Grandparents are entitled to pursue visitation in an independent court suit that they initiate. Other family members cannot do that. They can only pursue visitation by intervening in an existing case involving the custody of the child, such as a divorce or custody case between parents, or grandparents.