The basics of child custody in Georgia

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When it comes to child custody laws, each state has their own unique regulations that serve to determine custody in the best interest of the child. If you are experiencing a custody battle, it is important to hire an attorney who is familiar with your state laws and regulations.

In Georgia, there are two types of custody awarded by the courts: Legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody is the right to make major decisions regarding the child, including medical and educational choices. Parents may share this custody, called joint legal custody. Physical custody determines which parent the child lives with. This custody can also be shared in joint physical custody. In Georgia, children over 14 can make a decision about which parent they prefer to live with, however, the judge can still overturn this if necessary. A parenting plan is also required in a Georgia custody agreement that outlines specifics of time spent with which parent, financial agreements, transportation, educational and religious decisions, etc…

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