The Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) offers social services for parenting time to parents with active cases at the following locations through the service providers indicated. One parent must be in the DCSS office’s service area and the other parent usually should live within the State of Georgia. In some cases, services can be coordinated across state lines, such as, North Augusta, SC, Phenix City, AL and Jacksonville, FL). If a parent is served by the specified DCSS office but lives outside of these counties, services can still be provided.
If you live outside one of these service delivery areas, call 1-844-MYGADHS (1-844-694-2347) and select option 1 for DCSS, then select 2 for agent and then select 3 for Outreach.
These services are offered at no cost to DCSS customers and include the following:
- Coordination of visitations or parenting time
- Mediation between the parents (non-legal, non-binding)
- Written parenting plans
- Group parenting education
- Counseling on access issues
Funding for all of these projects comes from a grant from the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF).
Self-help Legal Resources
Child Support Services and its’ child visitation providers do not offer legal services related to visitation. Legal services related to visitation include legitimation and the establishment of visitation orders. Legal help must be obtained from other resources. For those who want to consider filing an action in court on their own, below is a list of resources by county. These sites have forms, instructions, and information about legitimation and visitation.
The Cobb County Superior Court Family Law Workshop is available to any Cobb resident or person with a family law issue related to Cobb County can visit the center at 30 Waddell Street, Marietta, GA 30090. They offer a free workshop that provides answers to basic questions about divorce, paternity/legitimation, contempt, and modification cases. You may call (770) 528-8100.
The Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit has a self-help website for citizens in Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Muscogee, Talbot, and Taylor Counties. Legitimation is a service provided by the Chattahoochee Family Law Center. It’s staffed on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Fridays of each month from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00. The legitimation process is covered in detail and attorneys’ are available to assist with completing the petition. There are also computers available at each county courthouse to access the website.
The DeKalb County Superior Court's Family Law Information Center is available toany DeKalb resident or person with a family law issue related to DeKalb County can visit the center at its location at 120 West Trinity Place, Decatur, Ga. 30030. Brief, legal consultations with an attorney are available for $10 by calling and making an appointment.You may call (404) 687-3990.
The Dougherty County Superior Court Law Library is available toany Dougherty resident or person with a family law issue related to Dougherty County can visit the center at its location at 225 Pine Avenue, Room 212, Albany, GA 31702. The library manager, who is an attorney, is available to provide assistance with conducting research, finding appropriate materials and possible legal resources, suggesting self-help resources, and answering legal reference questions in person or by e-mail. However, the library manager is not permitted to give legal advice or interpret specific legal situations.You may call (229) 431-2133.
The Appalachian Family Law Information Center serving Fannin, Gilmer, and Pickens counties is available to any Fannin, Gilmer or Pickens resident or person with a family law issue related to these counties can visit the center at its location at 1 Broad Street, Suite 102 A, Ellijay, GA 30540. Brief, legal consultations with an attorney are available by appointment for income-qualified individuals. You may call (706) 299-1444.
The Fulton County Superior Court Family Division's Family Law Information Center is available to any resident of the State of Georgia can visit the center in person at its location. The address is 185 Central Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303. One can receive a free, brief legal consultation with an attorney by calling and making an appointment. However, a non-custodial parent must follow the guidelines of the county with legal jurisdiction over his/her particular legal issues. You may call (404) 612-2789.
The Hall and Dawson County Superior Court Family Law Information Center is available to any Hall or Dawson resident or person with a family law issue related to Hall or Dawson Counties can visit the center at its location at 225 Green Street, S.E., Gainesville, GA 30501. Brief, legal consultations with an attorney are available at no cost in Dawson County. However, a financial qualification is required for attorney consultations in Hall County. You may call (770) 531-2463.
The Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Georgia Legal Services Program and the Pro Bono Project of the State Bar of Georgiaare available to all residents of Georgia. It is a guide to free legal information and services including the topics of legitimation, visitation, and custody.
Addresses for Superior Court Clerks
A list of the Georgia Superior Court Clerks for every county is on this web site: www.gsccca.org. Phone numbers and addresses for each clerk are provided.
Last updated August 5, 2015