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Child Custody Archives

Why do courts focus on the "best interests of the child"?


While there may seem to be countless decisions to be made during the process of a divorce, such as property division and alimony or spousal support, when there are children involved from the marriage, the decisions may be even more complicated. The courts will need to look at the family and make decisions regarding child support and child custody, which may also affect other decisions that are made.

Parenting time for parents who commit domestic violence


Parents in Georgia have a lot of influence on their children. That is why ensuring that the children are not endangered in a parent's care is so important. Children are like sponges in many respects, and how their parents treat them many times dictates how they will treat others as they grow older. It is also important that the children are not victims of and are not even exposed to domestic violence due to the impact it can have on children.

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.

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