Parenting time differs in every single case based on the needs and circumstances in the best interest of the children. It can range from what’s called a joint physical custody, where the children spend about equal time with each parent. Even in those situations, what that calendar looks like can vary from one week… Read More »
Yes, when one parent is delinquent in making child support payments, they are still entitled to their rights of parenting time. The proper remedy if a parent is not paying child support is to seek a contempt through the court, but a parent should not withhold visitation under these circumstances.
Parenting plans in Georgia can be modified anytime there’s a material change of circumstances that are affecting the best interest in the welfare of the child. So, if there’s problems with the former spouse or questions of fitness, those should be addressed with an attorney to govern the next best course of action in… Read More »
In Georgia, child support is determined by what we call a child support calculator that is established by the Georgia legislature. It considers the income of both parties and then other special needs of the children including health insurance, extraordinary medical expenses, educational expenses and extracurricular activities.
In Georgia, when parents share joint legal custody, they have a duty to consult and confer with one another before important decisions regarding the children are made. When parents share joint physical custody, that typically means children spend about equal time with each parent, although the parents can share physical time with the children… Read More »
In Georgia, the courts will take into consideration the child’s wishes regarding custody, starting out of age 11. Between the ages of 11 and 14, the court will consider those wishes, but it’s not presumptive. At age 14, a child can make what’s called an affidavit of election regarding which parent they want to… Read More »
Yes. Following a divorce, custody rights can be modified in Georgia. Custody is based on the best interest of the child, which of course can change as the children grow older. Upon a showing of a material change of circumstance since the date of the divorce that’s impacting the child, either parent can petition… Read More »
Yes. In Georgia, the courts can order drug testing of either or both parents in determining custody. Because custody is determined by the best interest of the children, when faced with allegations of past or current drug use, the court can order the drug testing to alleviate this concern or to address what needs… Read More »
In Georgia starting at age 11, the court will consider the opinion of a child in determining which parent they want to live with following a divorce. However, that opinion isn’t considered to be presumptive until your child reaches the age of 14. At 14, your child can make an election, and absent is… Read More »
No. The Georgia courts do not recognize a presumption in favor of either the mother or father. Rather, custody is determined on the best interest of the child at the time of the divorce or dissolution. There’s a lot of factors that go into the best interest of the child, which is why it’s… Read More »