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Grandparent custody legislation could make custody easier

If you're facing the decision of allowing your grandchildren to go into foster care or continuing to live under your roof, you're probably ready to go the extra mile with the help of your attorney to make sure you get custody.

New proposed laws in Georgia could help grandparents like you raise grandchildren without as much of a legal battle as in the past. According to the news, a woman interviewed about raising her grandchildren stated that when her grandkids were 4 and nearly 5 years old, she had filled out paperwork to take them into her custody to avoid foster care.

She realized then what an uphill battle that decision would be. She had court dates where she argued with the children's mother, had to get anger management help for her young grandson and even had to pay special expenses to get the children tutoring and kinds of medical are.

The woman, now 67, has been able to help the children grow up and go through high school. Shouldn't this have been easier for her to take on, though?

There are several pieces of legislation moving into the Georgia House that could make it easier for grandparents to care for their grandchildren and seek custody. Those potential laws would help make the child custody system much more understandable for the everyday person and would help people going through the process find the services and information they need.

Keeping children with their families, even if it's an extended family member, can help reduce the risk of psychiatric disorders and will help them adjust better, the news reports. That's the goal overall, because safe, healthy children can better focus on school and other important aspects of their lives.

Source: Ledger- Enquirer, "Proposed Georgia laws could help grandparents raise grandchildren," Alva James-Johnson, Feb. 06, 2016

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