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.
A study that was recently published in "Psychology, Public Policy, and Law" shows that many family law judges view child custody cases differently than how the majority of Americans feel about them. Some judges in Georgia assume that mothers should be favored over fathers in custody cases.
The holidays can be a confusing time for children of divorce and a scheduling headache for parents, especially those who are new to divorce. Co-parenting can help those who are spending the holidays apart for the first time this year. A child custody order may set out the exact times that each parent is to have the children over the holidays, but the specific details may be hard to navigate this season.