When divorce and child custody issues arise, the most important thing is to keep your children out of the tug-of- war. Children still need both parents, and unfortunately an angry or resentful spouse or parent can lead to rocky relations that threaten your child’s happiness and security.
What Is Child Custody?
Child custody refers to the legal and practical rights over children when the parents no longer live together after a divorce.
Georgia custody law awards custody in terms of what is in the best interest of the child. Each child custody case is unique and requires an in-depth analysis of each parent’s ability to raise the child and make major decisions.
In Georgia, there are four child custody options:
Sole Custody – One parent lives with and has total decision making authority regarding the child.
Physical Custody – Child primarily lives with one parent who has total decision making authority, but the other parent has some parenting time with the child.
Legal Custody – Child primarily lives with one parent but decision making regarding the child is shared.
Joint Custody – Child lives with both parents on a relatively equal basis and decision making regarding the child is shared.