Does one parent get preference when it comes to getting the kids? How often do you get to see your children if you do not live with them full time?
These and many other questions might be on your mind when it comes to facing a divorce or paternity action. Aside from the law’s requirements, you would likely be working out these details with your co-parent.
The best interests of your children
Like those in many other states, family courts in Georgia work towards making a custody agreement that furthers the best interests of your children. Judges might consider several variables when it comes to agreeing to or ordering a parenting plan.
In fact, the court might even give weight to a mature child’s wishes. Children over the age of 14 can choose whether they want to live with you or your co-parent — subject to their decision being in their best interests.
What the law does not say
There is a common misconception that the law favors the mother over the father by default when it comes to custody. This is not the case here.
If your family is like many others, then it is likely you could share custody of your children. What this means exactly would depend on your parenting plan.
The way to your family’s future
Splitting up is rarely the end of a family — it is more of a reorganization. A parenting plan is a way of organizing various parts of your family’s life apart:
- Who lives with the children
- Which parent makes certain decisions
- How you handle holidays
This is not a complete list. The more specific you make your plan, the more likely it is to address the major issues you predict for your children’s futures.