Many children in Georgia grow up in families where their parents are no longer together. However, this does not necessarily mean they receive any less care or support. Often, parents still want to be a part of their child’s life even if they are no longer on good terms with their other partner. Child custody arrangements aim to ensure that children are able to spend time with both parents, as long as those parents are willing and suitable to care for them.
In many cases, one parent will have primary physical custody while the other has visitation rights. Occasionally parents will have joint physical custody, meaning the child’s time is split evenly between them. In either arrangement, it is often the case that both parents have legal custody, giving them an equal say on important matters in a child’s life.
The exact arrangement is based around whatever is deemed to be in the child’s best interests. If one parent is deemed to be the primary caregiver of the child, they may be more likely to win physical custody. In the case of unmarried parents, as this article on custody arrangements explains, in many states the child automatically ends up in the mother’s custody unless the father steps in to oppose this.
If you have any concerns about the custody of your children or you wish to seek a modification to an existing arrangement, an attorney might be able to help you. It can seem like a huge task to face, but it is more than worth it to secure a fair and favorable arrangement for you and your child.