Georgia parents who have their kids for a majority of the time are generally considered the custodial parents. This can be true even if the other parent has significant visitation and other rights to the child. Typically, the custodial parent is the one who has the responsibility to provide for the child both financially and emotionally. However, the process of being a primary provider for a child is thought to be among the benefits of being a custodial parent.
A person doesn't become the custodial parent by default. Instead, he or she has to file a petition for it. Individuals may have to take this step even if the other parent isn't helping to raise the child. Those who want to have custody of their children can take legal action with the help of an attorney. It is also possible to petition a family court without the assistance of an attorney in what is known as a pro se filing.
The custodial parent of a child is generally given child support payments from the noncustodial parent. These payments are determined partially by state guidelines. How much money a parent makes will also determine how much support is given each month. Those who have any questions as to whether they are the custodial parent can talk with an attorney.
The best interests of the child are always the top priority when creating a custody arrangement. A variety of factors may be considered such as where the parents live or if they are a danger to the child. However, previous criminal convictions or other incidents may not disqualify a parent from gaining access to a child. Parents who are interested in obtaining sole custody may wish to bring this up with their attorney in a timely manner.