A Basic Understanding of Georgia Child Custody and Child Support
Determining Who Should Have Primary Custody of Minor childrenThis is something that can most likely be decided by you and your spouse. While many parents have joint legal custody of their children, in most cases, Georgia courts favor one parent having primary physical custody and another having secondary custody. Because of this it is important to have a good visitation schedule in every child custody plan. Children do not have an independent right of election (allowing the child to decide whom they will stay with) until age 14, so for the tender years a proper visitation schedule is critical. Ultimately, if you and your spouse cannot decide this on your own, the court will use the 'best interest of the child' standard and rule who which parent will be the primary care giver for the children.
Child Custody ModificationWhether you are going through a divorce and you want to find a custody and visitation plan, or you are involved in a highly contested custody battle, the courts will want to do what is best for your children. Taking a close look at your situation, and ensuring the "best interests of the child" have been met before making any modifications of custody.
How Do You Determine What Amount of Money is Paid in Child SupportIn determining how much child support you will have to pay if you are the secondary physical custodian, Georgia uses a support worksheet that dictates what amount of support must be paid. Therefore it is important to understand what types of income will be considered in the support worksheet so that the figure is correct. Finally it is also important to understand the deviations that may apply to your individual case, as a deviation could greatly impact the amount of child support you are required to pay each month.