Understanding Child Custody in Georgia

During a divorce, one of the most difficult decisions you and your spouse will have to make is in regards to child custody. Even if both parents want what is best for their children, it can still be difficult to see eye-to-eye regarding this important decision. Before making this decision, it is important to have all the facts regarding child custody laws in Georgia.

There are two main types of child custody, legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to the right and responsibility of parents to make decisions regarding the upbringing of their children. This could be decisions regarding their healthcare, their education, and their religious upbringing. Even if a parent does not have physical custody of the child, they could still have the right to have a hand in raising their child.

Physical custody means that the child actually lives with the parent. If both parents want physical custody, the family court will act according to what they believe to be the best interests of the child. The court could also take into consideration which parent the child wants to live with.

Both legal custody and physical custody can be joint or sole custody. In joint custody cases, both parents could have the right to make decisions regarding the upbringing of the child or both parents could share physical custody equally. In sole custody situations, only one parent has legal custody or the child lives with only one parent.

Whatever the case, a parenting plan, or parenting time schedule, will have to be put into place. This schedule will plan for the entire year, stating which parent the child will be with on every day of the year. As this process can be complex, it is important that you have a child custody lawyer helping your family. Contact our team at the Stadler Law Group, LLC to learn more!

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