Kids often seem to get the worst of it in a divorce. Not only that, but a lot of kids think that somehow they are to blame for the fights and the breakup. With that in mind, it is important that custody disputes really keep the child’s best interests in mind. Too often, the kids end up bouncing back and forth, feeling as though they don’t really belong anywhere.
There are several different types of custody in Georgia, and it’s important to understand the differences.
Legal custody: Both parents normally have joint legal custody, which generally has to do with medical and educational decisions. However, the parent with primary physical custody gets to make the final decision. Having the deciding vote does not mean that parent can decide everything concerning the child with no input from the other parent. The parents disagreed with each other sufficiently in the past that they got divorced. It certainly isn’t unknown for one parent to go back to court later saying that the other parent makes all of the decisions concerning the child, doesn’t care about his/her opinions and is damaging the child.
Physical custody: Both parents usually share physical custody, but one is primary and one secondary. Primary physical custody is customarily given to the parent who had the most involvement in the child’s daily life.
Sole custody: It is very unusual for one parent to be given sole custody. When it does happen, the other parent is still obligated to pay child support.
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