Protecting Parental Rights & Your Child’s Best Interests
There’s nothing more important than the safety and wellbeing of your children. In Georgia, the child’s best interests are at the focus of every child custody and child support determination. If you are trying dealing with child custody, visitation or support issues, inside or outside of a divorce, the family law attorneys at Abbott & Logan are here to help. Our child custody attorneys in Marietta have decades of combined experience handling a full range of cases in Cobb, Cherokee, Fulton and Paulding counties and throughout Georgia.
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Child Custody in Georgia
Sole custody means one parent is responsible for all of the major decisions in a child’s life and the child lives with that parent.
Joint Legal Custody
Legal custody addresses decision-making related to religion, medical care, education and extracurricular activities. In joint legal custody, both parents have a say in making decisions but one will have tie-breaking authority. This authority may be split among the different areas of decision-making. For example, one parent may have the authority in religion and education, while the other has the authority in medical care and extracurricular activities.
Joint Physical Custody
Physical custody addresses who spends time with the child and how much time will be spent. Joint physical custody normally means that there would be a 50/50 custodial split. Perhaps the child would spend one week with one parent and the next week with the other. Some courts feel these arrangements are unstable and will not award them; others will. Of course, these arrangements can always be agreed to by the parents without court intervention.