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Please use this link to access the The State of Georgia legal codes: Georgia Legal Codes. The list of topics you will see once you get in include:
    Domestic Relations Title 19 - "As used in this Code section, the term 'domestic relations action' shall include any action for divorce, alimony, equitable division of assets and liabilities, child custody, child support, legitimization, annulment, determination of paternity, termination of parental rights in connection with an adoption proceeding filed in a superior court, any contempt proceeding relating to enforcement of a decree or order, a petition in respect to modification of a decree or order, an action on a foreign judgment based on alimony or child support, and adoption. The term 'domestic relations action' shall also include any direct or collateral attack on a judgment or order entered in any such action".

    Criminal Codes Title 16

    Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. 19-9-3-Parts 1-4 You start at 19-9-40 and continue through subsequent sections. Also discuses international abduction. Discuses custody in detail.

    Custody of a child born out of wedlock 19-7-2-25 - only the mother of a child born out of wedlock is entitled to his custody, unless the father legitimates himself as provided in Code Section 19-7-2-22. Otherwise, the mother may exercise all parental power over the child.

    Interference with Custody 16-5-3-45 this is the closest you will get to parental abduction in the State of Georgia. They do not address parental abduction directly. They do not address interference with the other parent's exercise of access or visitation. However, if no court order exists, a parent can be charged with custodial interference. "Lawful custody' means that custody inherent in the natural parents". "A person commits the offense of interference with custody when without lawful authority to do so the person knowingly or recklessly takes or entices any child away from the individual who has lawful custody of such child". Both parents have "lawful custody" (beware; this has been interrupted differently by law enforcement)

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