According to child custody laws in Georgia, there are two types of child custody – Legal custody and Physical custody. For both types, the court can award sole custody or joint custody.
Legal custody gives you right to make major decisions related to your child. Parents can have Joint Legal custody and share equal responsibilities and rights to make decisions for their child. However, one parent holds the rights to make final decisions regarding child’s religious upbringing, medical care, extracurricular and education, etc.
Physical custody means with which parent the child will live. Parents can have Joint Physical custody and share equal time to live with the child. In case of joint custody, the court may award joint physical custody, joint legal custody or both.
Note: If the child is 14 years or older, the child can share his/her preference with the court about with which parents he/she wants to live. However, the judge can overrule this preference if it is not in the best of child interests.
As per the child custody laws of Georgia, there must be a parenting plan for any child custody agreement. The parenting plan must recognize:
- Where the child will spend his/her each day of the year.
- How he/she will spend school breaks, birthdays, and other important occasions.
- How parents will allocate decision-making authority.
(Note: Above parenting plan list is not limited to the mentioned points only. Consult your attorney for queries.)
You can hire a child custody lawyer in order to understand the laws and to represent your case in the court.