Although it may seem like a daunting task to sit down with your ex-spouse or soon to be ex-spouse to work out a parenting plan or visitation schedule, one thing is certain-- you and your co-parent are the only two people who truly know your children, their needs and your schedules.Only you can create the plan that will best fit the needs of the divided family. By cooperating with your co-parent in creating an effective visitation schedule, you will create a framework that allows for the active participation by each of you in the lives of your children.
Experienced divorce and custody lawyers should be familiar with this statute and the related case law. Joint custody may be considered as an alternative form of custody by the judge and the judge at any temporary or permanent hearing may grant sole custody, joint custody, joint legal custody, or joint physical custody as appropriate.
The statute since 2010 is as follows: TITLE 19 – DOMESTIC RELATIONS CHAPTER 9 – CHILD CUSTODY PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE 1 – GENERAL PROVISIONS § 19-9-3 – Discretion of judge in custody disputes; right of child 14 years old or older to select custodial parent; consideration of child’s educational needs; review of visitation rights; grandparent visitation; policy; retention of jurisdiction; attorney’s fees; filing of domestic relations final disposition form O. (2) The judge hearing the issue of custody shall make a determination of custody of a child and such matter shall not be decided by a jury.
Because state law permits temporary changes to parenting plans for military children, you should consult a lawyer to understand how you may modify your plan and who you can designate to care for your child. This information was prepared as a public service of the State of Georgia to provide general information, not to advise on any specific legal problem.
It is not, and cannot be construed to be, legal advice.
Make sure that you and your co-parent agree to keep each other informed about changes in your life circumstances so that your child is never used as a messenger.