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Husband David Stone and Wife Anna Stone were married to one another twice, and had one minor son from the marriage. Husband and Wife were divorced the second time by a decree dated 2014, and this decree incorporated a parenting plan. Among other things, the parenting plan awarded joint legal custody of the minor child to Husband, who the court specifically found was a fit parental custodian, and the maternal Grandmother. Husband was given primary physical custody, Grandmother was given visitation rights, and Wife, who the court found was unfit to have custody, was given only a potential for future visitation. In granting certiorari review in this case, the Supreme Court stated its specific interest in determining whether the trial court erred in awarding joint legal custody of the parties' son to the Husband and Grandmother. Because Georgia statutory law supported joint custody arrangements only between parents, the Court reversed the award of joint legal custody in this case.