2010 Georgia Code
TITLE 19 - DOMESTIC RELATIONS
CHAPTER 9 - CHILD CUSTODY PROCEEDINGS
ARTICLE 2 - CHILD CUSTODY INTRASTATE JURISDICTION ACT
§ 19-9-23 - Actions to obtain change of legal custody; how and where brought; use of certain complaints prohibited

O.C.G.A. 19-9-23 (2010)
19-9-23. Actions to obtain change of legal custody; how and where brought; use of certain complaints prohibited


(a) Except as otherwise provided in this Code section, after a court has determined who is to be the legal custodian of a child, any complaint seeking to obtain a change of legal custody of the child shall be brought as a separate action in the county of residence of the legal custodian of the child.

(b) A complaint by the legal custodian seeking a change of legal custody or visitation rights shall be brought as a separate action in compliance with Article VI, Section II, Paragraph VI of the Constitution of this state.

(c) No complaint specified in subsection (a) or (b) of this Code section shall be made:

(1) As a counterclaim or in any other manner in response to a petition for a writ of habeas corpus seeking to enforce a child custody order; or

(2) In response to any other action or motion seeking to enforce a child custody order.

(d) The use of a complaint in the nature of habeas corpus seeking a change of child custody is prohibited.
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