Juvenile Law, Dependency Actions & Grandparent Rights

Juvenile Law

The juvenile justice system in Georgia is similar to the adult system, but with important variations.  If your child has been charged with a crime in a Georgia Juvenile Court, it is important that you select an attorney who is familiar with the rights and processes used in the juvenile justice court system.   

Dependency Actions

In some cases, the Division of Family and Children Services (DFACS) will investigate a family upon report of deprivation or abuse.  By definition, a deprived child is defined as a child who is without proper parental care or control, subsistence, education as required by law, or other care or control necessary for his or her physical, mental, or emotional health or morals; has been placed for care or adoption in violation of the law; has been abandoned by his parents or other legal custodian; or is without a parent, guardian, or custodian.

Through the court system, DFACS can have children removed from the family and placed with other family members, or with families certified by DFACS. Understandably, removing a child from his or her home can be very upsetting to the children and family members involved and attorneys can be hired to represent the parents and the children.  Attorneys may also advocate on behalf of a family member who hopes to receive placement or custody of the children.

In a depravation hearing, it is valuable to be represented by an experienced attorney to ensure the best outcome possible for the children and the family.

Grandparent’s Rights

A healthy relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild is a special bond that is valuable to both generations.  Grandparents in Georgia have the right to ask the court for visitation rights, but they do not automatically have the right to actually visit their grandchildren.  To win a visitation case, a grandparent must show the court clear and convincing evidence that the child's health or welfare would be harmed if the child could not visit the grandparent and visitation is in the child's best interests.  Pandora and her team have experience in this complicated area of law and can ensure the best outcome possible for the grandparents and the grandchildren. 

Pandora E. Palmer has an office in McDonough, Georgia and serves clients throughout all of Georgia, including: Butts, Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Monroe, Newton, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding, and Upson counties.

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