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Child Access & Visitation

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)

City of DCSS Office

Provider

Phone Number

Counties Served

(If a parent is served by the specified DCSS office but lives outside of these counties, services can still be provided)

Albany

Lily Pad

229-496-9031

Dougherty, Tift, Worth, Irwin, Turner, Lee, Macon, Schley, Stewart, Sumter and Webster counties

Athens

Children First

706-613-1922

Clarke and Oconee counties

Atlanta and surrounding metro offices in 5-county area

Families First

404-853-2844

Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Clayton, and Gwinnett

Augusta

Southeastern Behavioral Health Services

706-364-7272

Richmond, Columbia, and Burke

Dublin, Eastman, Swainsboro

TLC Children’s Services

478-275-8100

Bleckley, Candler, Dodge, Emanuel, Johnson, Laurens, Montgomery, Pulaski, Telfair, Toombs, Treutlen, and Twiggs

Macon

Morningstar Treatment Services

478-475-4296 ext. 112

Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Pulaski, Putnam, and Wilkinson

Savannah

Equilibrium

706-714-8977

Chatham

If you live outside one of these service delivery areas, call 1-877-423-4746 and select option 1 for DCSS, then select 2 for agent and then select 3 for outreach.
 
***Beginning Nov. 25, Child Support clients will contact the agents at 1-844-MYGADHS - that is 1-844-694-2347- for assistance regarding child support services.

These services are offered at no cost to DCSS clients 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 grants from the Administration for Children and Families.

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.

Cobb County

http://sca.cobbcountyga.gov/familylaw_workshop.htmThis is the site of the Cobb County Superior Court Family Law Workshop. 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. The phone is 770-528-8100. The workshop is free of charge and provides answers to basic questions about divorce, paternity/legitimation, contempt, and modification cases.

Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Muscogee, Talbot, and Taylor Counties

www.chattahoocheefamilylawcenter.orgis the self-help website of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit for citizens in Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Muscogee, Talbot, and Taylor Counties.  The Legitmation Station, a program of the Chattahoochee Family Law Center is 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.

DeKalb County

www.co.dekalb.ga.us/dekalbflicThis is the site of DeKalb County Superior Court's Family Law Information Center. Any 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. The phone is 404-687-3990. Brief, legal consultations with an attorney are available for $10 by calling and making an appointment.

Dougherty County

http://www.albany.ga.us/content/1800/2889/3011/3518/4781/6066.aspxThis is the site of the Dougherty County Superior Court Law Library. Any 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 phone is 229-431-2133. 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.

Fannin, Gilmer, and Pickens Counties

http://www.appfamilylawcenter.org/This is the site of the Appalachian Family Law Information Center serving Fannin, Gilmer, and Pickens counties. 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. The phone is 706-299-1444. Brief, legal consultations with an attorney are available by appointment for income-qualified individuals.

Fulton County

www.fultonfamilydivision.comThis is the site of the Fulton County Superior Court Family Division's Family Law Information Center. 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. The phone is 404-612-2789. 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.

Hall and Dawson Counties

www.hallcounty.org/judicial/jud_FLIC&GAL.aspThis is the site of the Hall and Dawson County Superior Court Family Law Information Center. 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. The phone is 770-531-2463. 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.

Legal Information and Services

www.LegalAid-Ga.orgThis site is a project of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, the Georgia Legal Services Program and the Pro Bono Project of the State Bar 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 2/19/2013.