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Child custody, parenting plans and more in Georgia

Child custody can be one of the most contentious areas of divorce. However, if parents can put aside their emotions and work on what is in the best interests of the child, they may find that creating a parenting plan is easier than they expected.

-- What should a parenting plan entail?

A parenting plan should include a schedule that details when the child will spend time with each parent, including vacations and holidays. It should also include arrangements for transportation and where the custody exchange will take place. Finally, it should allow for ways that a child can talk to his or her other parent when in a parent's care.

-- What does a child custody proceeding consist of?

The judge will listen to each parent's side while keeping the child's best interest in mind. He or she will consider the child's safety, comfort and health. A judgment by the court as to who will have primary custody cannot be changed unless a parent's circumstances have significantly changed.

-- Can a child choose which parent he or she wants to live with?

When a child is 14, he or she can choose which parent he or she wants to live with and may change the arrangement every two years.

These are just some of the considerations to think about when involved in a child custody proceeding. Keeping a amicable relationship with the other parent can help your children deal better with the divorce and the changes that it will bring. An attorney can help you learn more about child custody proceedings in Georgia.

Source: State of Georgia, "Learning About Child Custody," accessed April 25, 2017

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