Are You An Equitable Caregiver?
In Georgia, it is possible for a third party to pursue custody rights for a child under the “equitable caregiver” law. The equitable caregiver law in Georgia was passed in 2019 and is relatively new. When dealing with it, you must have a skilled, experienced attorney on your side.
At Daniels & Rothman, P.C., we are diligent, zealous lawyers taking on family law problems for people across Athens. We dedicate our time to answering your questions and finding the right path forward. An equitable caregiver petition is a complex issue, and whether you are the petitioner or you are a parent opposing the petition, we can provide you with the information and advocacy you need.
What Is Georgia’s Standard For Equitable Caregivers?
Despite the relative newness of the law, the courts have a firm test to determine if a caregiver should have rights. The law says to petition; you must have – among other points – “fully and completely undertaken a permanent, unequivocal, committed and responsible parental role in the child’s life.” The courts will look to ask these questions:
- Will the child come to harm without the petitioner?
- Has the child formed an emotional bond with the petitioner?
- Is the petitioner able to meet the medical or psychological needs of the child?
- Whether the parents or “competing parties” have an interest in building a relationship with the child?
Another factor to consider is that the petitioner largely must be seen as acting without any expectation of compensation down the road.
Complex Challenges; Rewarding Results
As in all cases, when it comes to the care of a child, the court takes matters extremely seriously. You may be the right person to take care of the child in your life, but it is important to prove that to make your relationship official under the law.
We are here to support you in your pursuit and can help you successfully petition for rights.
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Our team of attorneys is known to be diligent and prepared when pursuing matters in court. Our reputation for strength is something that we take pride in, and it’s a major selling point to our clients. Reach out to us and find out how we can help you. Call 706-621-5166 or send us an email to get started.