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What to do in a child custody case that goes to court

Georgia parents who are getting a divorce might want to try to compromise with each other regarding child custody. However, if either parent insists on seeking sole custody or if the two cannot come to an agreement, a court battle might be the outcome.

Heading into a custody battle, parents should familiarize themselves with state custody law. Dressing appropriately for court may make a positive impression on the judge. They should also be polite and respectful in the courtroom. If they have documentation to support their custody bid, they can bring it to the custody hearing.

A court is concerned with the best interests of the child. This means it may reach a decision that is not optimal for a parent or that a parent strongly disagrees with. However, it is also in the best interests of the child for parents to try to preserve their relationship. Parents may be given a substantial amount of visitation time if they do not get primary physical custody, and they can work together to form an agreement for co-parenting.

Ideally, parents can work together to resolve their difference about raising their offspring after a divorce. Children will benefit from parents who have less conflict. However, some issues may arise that necessitate a return to court. For example, in order to get a change in the court-ordered amount of child support, it is necessary for a parent to apply for a modification. A parent might need assistance in enforcing a child custody order if the other parent is not abiding by it. If one parent has to move a significant distance away, it may be necessary to return to court to revise the custody and visitation schedule.

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