Just because one parent is given sole custody of a child doesn’t mean that the non-custodial parent is completely removed from the child’s life. In fact, it’s almost always better for a child to have both parents actively and frequently involved, regardless of who is the custodial parent. A Huffington Post blog recently discussed the value of having two parents amicably involved in their child’s life, and the benefits this relationship can have.
In a divorce that involves children, there is always the question of how to handle custody. In the state of Georgia, a child that is at least 11 years old can tell the presiding judge his or her preferred custodial parent, although this does not mean that child custody is automatically awarded to the chosen parent. The judges are still the ones who decide on the matter. Guidelines regarding child custody are important to enable every court in the state to make uniform decisions in similar divorce cases.
Divorce can take its toll on any member of the family, no matter the age or gender, and many times teenagers are likely to be greatly affected by their parents' divorce.