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How is custody determined in Georgia?

When parents decide to get a divorce, they often end up fighting over the kids. Parents may disagree on who the child should live with primarily, who will have the child on certain holidays, and who will make decisions about the child’s education. These disagreements can get out of hand quickly and end up negatively affecting the child’s physical and emotional health.

Fortunately, Georgia courts are solely focused on protecting the child and making sure they grow up in a stable environment. The court will consider several factors and determine which arrangement supports the best interest of the child.

Courts will consider several factors when determining child custody. These factors include:

  • The relationship between each parent and the child prior to the divorce.
  • The age, health and needs of the child.
  • The age, income, and health of each parent.
  • The parents’ ability and willingness to provide the child with basic needs and a proper education.
  • Each parent’s involvement in the child’s extracurricular activities.
  • Parental living arrangements.
  • Criminal history of parents or history of abuse.

In cases involving two loving and capable parents, courts are likely to award joint custody. This encourages both parents to remain actively involved in the child’s life and gives them both the power to make decisions relating to the child.

The process of filing for custody can be difficult without the help of an experienced attorney. Your attorney can walk you through the custody process and make sure your child gets what they need after the separation is finalized.