In Georgia, judges see joint custody as the better custody arrangement because it allows parents to continue to take an equal part in their children's lives despite the fact that they are no longer living together. But just because parents are supposed to share legal and physical custody equally doesn't always mean it happens.
Once a judge makes a custody and visitation order final, both parents must uphold their end of the agreement, which means consistently fulfilling pick-up-and-drop-off obligations, meeting the terms of the time-sharing schedule and maintaining open communication with the other parent when plans need to change.
Many divorcing Georgia couples hope for a clean break and a fresh start, but those with children will often have to spend considerable time with each other. Divorced parents may feel that coming to an agreement regarding custody arrangements and visitation schedules is the most difficult part of the process, but moving on and working together as a parenting team is sometimes hard for them as well.
Georgia parents who have obtained a divorce or who have been considering ending their marriage might already be aware of the difficulties associated with the holiday season. Since both parents usually want to be with their child or children during the Christmas season, there is often a conflict of interest between the two parents. It is a well known fact that family courts have a heavier caseload around the holiday season.
Some California television watchers may be familiar with Amber Portwood, who made her debut as a teenager on the popular show 'Teen Mom." Portwood had a daughter with Gary Shirley and became involved in substance abuse that put her custody of the girl in jeopardy. After being charged with felony domestic abuse in 2011, Portwood lost custody of her daughter to the father, who was allegedly assaulted by Portwood on multiple occasions.
Family court judges in Georgia consider many details when settling disputes between parents about child support, custody and visitation. When the father is a rapist or alleged rapist, however, the issues become even more challenging, and laws often lack guidance about parental rights for children conceived by rape.
The recent breakup of Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick may have piqued the interest of some Georgia residents. Because the reality television stars have three children, there is a lot of speculation about what custody arrangement will be worked out between them. Kardashian and Disick have a 5-year-old son, a 2-year-old daughter and a 7-month-old son.
Television viewers in Georgia who are fans of "Kate Plus 8" know that Jon and Kate Gosselin divorced in 2009. Their split did not happen on good terms, and the judge awarded Kate primary custody of 15-year-old twins Madelyn and Cara and 11-year-old sextuplets Joel, Collin, Hannah, Leah, Alexis and Aaden. Now Jon, 38, reportedly wants custody of Hannah because of her mother's allegedly cruelty to the daughter. According to tabloids, the girl was staying with her father in April when she told him that she did not want to go back to the family mansion because Kate is requiring her to be in new episodes of the series.
Georgia parents who have gone through a divorce are often not aware of the complex ramifications of international, federal and state laws when a noncustodial parent takes the child or children out of the United States in violation of a court orrder. While courts generally take action to promote the return of the children to their nation of origin and enforce the original child custody decree, a Georgia court's power may be restrained by a number of difficulties.
Georgia parents who are contemplating a divorce may be interested to learn about a study that was recently conducted in Sweden. In the study, researchers looked at stress levels in children who were in shared parenting custodial arrangements versus those who primarily resided with one divorced parent while having infrequent visits with the other.