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The rise in shared parenting

Georgia fathers may be at a disadvantage in getting custody of their children in a divorce. In more than 80 percent of cases around the country, mothers get physical custody. However, fathers may want to push for shared parenting. This is an arrangement in which the child spends approximately the same amount of time with each parent, and it is growing in popularity.

How nesting may ease children's adjustment to a divorce

Georgia parents who are ending their marriage might be considering joint custody. This is a growing trend with divorced parents as studies increasingly show that children fare better when they spend a significant amount of time with each parent. This builds a stronger relationship between parent and child, but it also means that children's lives are disrupted as they must move back and forth between their parents' homes. As a result, some parents are trying an arrangement called nesting.

Dealing with custody disputes and substance abuse

When one Georgia parent is dealing with drug or alcohol abuse, the other parent may be worried about their children's safety when they are around that parent. Child custody can get tricky in these situations as the court may get involved very quickly if a parent complains about the other parent's substance abuse.

Planning ahead for vacations

The summertime can cause headaches for Georgia parents who are divorced and who want to take their children on vacations. There are several things that they can do to reduce the likelihood of custody disputes arising because of their vacation plans.

Reasons to ask for child custody changes

Some Georgia parents who are subject to an existing child custody order may want to ask for a modification. This may be done in the event that they think that the child may be in danger. If a child is in immediate danger, a judge may order a modification right away. A modification may also be made if children say that they don't want to live with the custodial parent.

Getting visitation rights

There are a variety of reasons why Georgia parents may be denied visitation with their children. Depending on the circumstances and reason, people may be able to get assistance with being able to see their kids. Additionally, custodial parents aren't always able to prevent the other parent from visiting their children if they don't have valid reasons for doing so.

The basic of child custody laws in Georgia

Dealing with child custody is often very complex and difficult. Now that you and your husband have decided to divorce, it is important to have an understanding of Georgia's child custody laws. Knowing what to expect can help you make the right decisions when negotiating a child custody agreement with your husband.

Child custody challenges during and after divorce

When parents end a relationship in Georgia, the child custody agreement could prove more difficult to create than other decisions about splitting financial assets. A parent who disagrees with the other parent's approach to child rearing might dislike the concept of sharing custody. The law, however, follows the idea that both parents should have access to their children unless circumstances threaten the best interests of the child.

3 tips for child custody success during the school year

Stores are already stocking up on backpacks, notebooks and pencils. The school year is just around the corner. This is a good time to take a moment to review the child custody plan and make sure it is set up to help the child or children succeed during the school year. This is true both for parents who are already in a shared custody agreement as well as those who are going through a divorce and just structuring such agreements.

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