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Navigating the path to full custody

In Georgia, both parents have the ability to seek full custody of their children when they are going through a divorce. While mothers may be seen as better caregivers, gender alone does not determine if a person is fit to raise a child. Those who are in a custody battle should make the best interests of their children a top priority. This means that they should not badmouth their spouse or take the children without notifying anyone.

When a parent does spend time with a child, that parent should document what happened and how long a visit lasted. While a custody case is open, it may be a good idea to keep track of any money spent to support the child. By keeping good records, a parent may be able to show that he or she is a responsible person who should be making decisions on behalf of a child.

Parents should be ready to substantiate the fact that they have a solid relationship with their children. A judge will need to be sure that a parent is capable of having full custody of the child and that it is in that child's best interest. It will be imperative that a parent lets the process play out and not make an effort to sway the judge's decision as doing so could backfire.

The best interests of the child will generally take precedence over what a parent wants in a custody matter. An attorney may be able to provide advice as to how a parent may go about obtaining a favorable outcome such as refraining from social media.

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