Fathers in Georgia are at a marked disadvantage when it comes to child custody. As many states are moving toward encouraging equal time spent with the mother and father, this state isn't really doing this, which means that dads aren't getting the time they need to forge strong relationships with their children.
Learning to choose your battles carefully is an important aspect of sharing custody of your child with his or her other parent. Especially in the beginning, it is very common for both parents to find it very difficult to abide by all the provisions of their custody agreement and parenting plan, and this is to be expected in some form or another. However, when one parent's behavior results in a loss of parenting time by the other parent or negatively affects the other parent's relationship with the child, the courts may see this as parenting time interference, and may punish the offending parent accordingly.
A company that works to help parents create child custody and parenting plans reports that fathers in Georgia spend less time with their children than dads in other states.
When parents divorce, they often remarry other partners. These blended families can add extra layers of complexity to child custody agreements.
Appearing in court for a custody hearing in Georgia requires parents to come with several important documents prepared. If you and your co-parent are approaching a custody hearing, be sure that you have the proper documentation and agreements worked out ahead of time. This can help you ensure that your time is not wasted in the courtroom and to protect your rights as a parent.
You've likely heard the term "dress for success." Nowhere is this more important than when appearing in court for a custody hearing. How you look and act in the courtroom can be the deciding factor in your children's custody arrangements.
If, like many divorced or divorcing Georgia parents, you're sharing custody of your children, you know that it can be difficult for kids to get used to moving between homes to see their parents. It's essential that they have a room of their own (or maybe that they share with their sibling) at each home — not just where they live with one parent.
After a divorce (or a breakup between unmarried parents) most may not think about the prospect of further litigation. But the reality is that people may still have disagreements after a decree is entered that may require court intervention. For instance, there may be missed (or denied) parenting time, clashes over payment of unreimbursed medical expenses, and challenges over passports.
Once they hit about the age of two, children develop their own strong personalities. With those personalities begin to emerge preferences and opinions about what they like, do not like and want to experience. Though parents must still act in ways that protect their children from harm, they can foster their kids' independence by recognizing and acknowledging their partialities.
A divorce has a big impact on all members of an Atlanta family. While the adults in the group may be focused on meeting the procedural requirements of ending their marriage, the children in the family may have concerns over how their lives will be impacted by their parents' separation. At the cross-section of divorce and kids is the important topic of child custody, and this post will briefly review the two main forms of custody that parents may fight for when their marriages end.