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Types of Child Custody

Published Monday, May 7, 2018

Whenever divorce becomes inevitable, there are many factors to consider in the dissolution of a marriage. If children are involved, nothing is more important than how they will continue to be cared for. The decision on custody can be difficult.

Children are sometimes caught in the middle in a divorce. There are several options when it comes to custody.

• Joint legal custody is the norm in the State of Georgia. This is when the parents share decision making authority regarding the minor child.

• Sole custody is very unusual and it means - whether in terms of legal or physical custody - that all of the custodial rights are assigned to one parent and the other parent has no rights.

• In the rare case that sole custody is granted, it does not alleviate the other parent of their obligations, such as child support.

• It is also more and more common for a judge to grant joint physical custody in the State of Georgia. Joint physical custody is typically an arrangement where the parents share equal or nearly equal parenting time.

• The trend is towards children sharing more time with both parents.

Divorce/Family Law


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