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.
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.
Often after such an upheaval as divorce can bring, a person decides that moving to a new place would be the best option, either to pursue a new career opportunity, to move closer to family and a support network or simply to try and make a fresh start. If a person shares custody of a child under 14 years old in Georgia, however, trying to move becomes a more complicated process. It is important to understand the steps that a parent looking to relocate after divorce needs to take to modify a child custody award and the factors the court will base its decision on when deciding whether to grant the modification.