Parental Rights in Georgia
Georgia Parental Rights News
Georgia State Law and Parental Rights
Not Explicitly Defined and Protected
Georgia does not have a state statute that explicitly defines and protects parental rights as fundamental rights.
The Official Code of Georgia Annotated § 19-7-1 details Georgia law regarding parental authority.
O.C.G.A. § 19-7-1 (b. [***8] 1) establishes a rebuttable presumption that parental custody is always in the child's best interest.
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Georgia Courts and Parental Rights
Clark v. Wade, 544 S.E.2d 99, 104 (GA. 2001): "In considering the constitutionality of the Georgia statute on parent-third party custody disputes, there are two relevant lines of cases. One involves the termination of parental rights, which have usually required a showing of parental unfitness before ending the parent-child relationship. The other involves third-party visitation rights, which have historically considered the best interests of the child."