It is policy in the State of Georgia to assure that minor children have frequent and continuing contact with parents who have shown the ability to act in the best interests of their children, and to encourage parents to share in the rights and responsibilities of raising their children after separation or divorce.
The parties must address physical custody and legal custody arrangements. Physical custody involves the issues such as where a child will live and each parent’s “parenting time” during the week, weekends, holidays, and summers. There are numerous parenting time arrangements that can range from limited parenting time (if the circumstances warrant), every other weekend, and up to 50/50 parenting time. Other parenting time issues may involve supervision, drug and alcohol testing, mental health evaluations, and other parameters related to parenting time. Legal custody addresses access to records and information and how decisions will be made for the child. The Court requires that one parent is designated as having final decision-making authority regarding a child’s health, education, religion, and extracurricular activities. These four areas can all be assigned to one parent, but can also be divided among both parents. It is important to craft a physical custody and legal custody arrangement that best meets your family’s specific needs. It can be daunting to start a new chapter in your life, especially when you want to make sure your children have the best environment to grow up in. We take all of our cases very seriously, but the ones with children involved take a special place in our firm. Call the office today to set up a consultation to discuss your family, your rights, and your case. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about the process.