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BRAGG v. BRAGG.
24870.
DUCKWORTH, Chief Justice.
Divorce. Screven Superior Court. Before Judge Usher.
1. In the final decree the court expressly reserved the question of visitation until after the term but awarded custody of the minor children to the mother and enjoined the father from going about the premises. This is a final judgment as to custody, and the cases of Fuller v. Fuller, 197 Ga. 719 (30 SE2d 600); Goodlowe v. Goodlowe, 211 Ga. 894 (89 SE2d 654); Anthony v. Anthony, 212 Ga. 356 (92 SE2d 857); Perry v. Perry,, 212 Ga. 668 (95 SE2d 2); Young v. Pearce, 212 Ga. 722 (95 SE2d 671), and Pirkle v. Pirkle, 212 Ga. 752 (95 SE2d 663), where the court, although awarding custody in the final decree sought to retain jurisdiction to change custody, or visitation privileges, control. A judgment fixing the custody of a minor child of divorced parents is a final one on the facts then existing and any attempt by the trial judge to retain jurisdiction of the child is a nullity. Accordingly, the court erred in attempting to retain jurisdiction to award visitation privileges at some future date with notice to the parties. Any change of circumstances affecting the interest and welfare of the children may authorize a separate suit by the interested parties, and the court has lost jurisdiction of this case to render any further judgment in it.
Charles E. Bragg, pro se.
W. C. Hawkins, for appellant.
SUBMITTED OCTOBER 14, 1968 -- DECIDED NOVEMBER 7, 1968.
Friday May 22 19:04 EDT


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