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Child Custody Archives

How the 'best interests of the children' is determined in court

When the courts make their decisions based on the best interests of the children, there are several factors that they take into consideration. The first thing they do is look at the relationship each parent has with each of their children. This is important because, when it comes to child custody, the courts want to make sure that there is minimal impact to the children.

When does a child's choice affect custody determinations?

As children grow up in Georgia, they become more mature and intelligent. They also start making decisions on their own, both good and bad. This can be frustrating for parents during a child's teenage years, but at the same time, as children get older, they have a better understanding of what works best for them. This is true whether the parents are together or not.

Helping Georgians establish custody and parenting plans

Raising children is not easy and requires contribution from both parents. With younger children, parents need to make sure they are fed and clothed and are not getting into harmful situations. In addition to providing for the child's basic needs, they need love and support from the parents.

Modifying a child custody order in Georgia

There are many families in Georgia. The dynamics of each family are different though. Sometimes the parents are married and raise the children together in the same home. Other times the parents are divorced, in others the parents were never married to each other. Regardless of the relationship status of the parents, they still must provide for their children and raise them. How they do that often times depends on the relationship status of the parents though.

What is a 'Guardian Ad Litem' in Georgia child custody?

As we have touched on previously, Georgia child custody cases can become contentious. Parents may have differing views on how a child is raised, and both may want to have the children with them on a regular basis. Further, because custody cases are often part of a divorce, or happen alongside requests for support, there may be other issues that parents care about that factor into the decisions they make regarding their kids.

Legitimation required for unwed father's child custody in Georgia

Out of all the concepts that Georgia family law deals with, perhaps none are more confusing to many people than those of paternity and legitimacy. While we've discussed legitimation and its importance in other areas, it should be stressed that, for unmarried fathers, legitimation is the only way to be able to have legal rights to see his children. It also needs to be understood that a legal finding of paternity and an order to pay child support does not necessarily mean that a child has been legitimated.

Factors to consider when negotiating child custody in Georgia

When a Georgia couple decides to end a relationship, whether it is a marital one or simply a shared domicile, there are several subjects they may encounter, including the splitting up of property and who will be responsible for which debts. These considerations usually take a back seat, however, if the couple has children together. Determining where the children will live, and how involved each parent will be in the children's lives will often be the most important issue a couple will face when splitting up.

The difference in legal and physical custody in Georgia

Parents who have a child together generally want the best for their offspring. In a perfect world, they would always agree on what constitutes 'the best' and what steps need to be taken so that the child attains it. Unfortunately, in the real world, parents often have differing ideas about how a child needs to be raised, and while this can cause friction during a marriage or other relationship, it may really become a problem if the parents divorce or split up.

What do grandparents in Georgia have to show to get visitation?

A previous post here discussed the fact that grandparents in Georgia may file a legal action for visitation with their grandchildren, but that they do not have an automatic right to it. At that time, we touched on the basic requirements needed for grandparents to file a petition. This week, we'll take a brief look at what such a petition will have to show in order to be successful.

What rights in child custody to Georgia grandparents have?

In some past generations, when travel and communications were not as advanced as they are today, many families in Georgia may have lived within close proximity to several generations of their relatives. Parents, children and grandparents may have been in the same neighborhood, or even the same dwelling, and everyone may have had a hand in caring for the children. While this may not happen as often in the early 21st century U.S., many children still have relationships with their grandparents, and it can be hard on them when parent's divorce or otherwise split up. So, what rights to grandparents have in these cases?

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