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Georgia Child Custody & Parenting Plans

Child custody should be appropriate for your family’s needs, but creating a parent plan can be an overwhelming process. Contacting our experienced child custody attorney can help you come up with a plan that is best suited for your family. Balbo & Gregg, P.C. is here to protect you and your child’s the best interests.

Georgia has a unique set of child custody regulations when awarding child custody. It is important to understand the basics of Georgia child custody laws if you and your former partner are splitting. Georgia considers both parents equal when it comes to custody—however, the judge will always award according to the child’s best interests.


If you need assistance with child custody or parenting plans, contact our Hinesville & Richmond Hill child custody attorneys today for a free consultation: (866) 580-3089!


Joint & Sole Custody

The judge may opt to grant either sole custody or joint custody, depending on what the judge believes is in the best interest of the child. The judge will listen to the points made by both you and your former partner while also considering your child’s health, safety, and comfort. With sole custody, the judge may approve visitation rights for the noncustodial parent. The noncustodial parent cannot exercise legal authority on the child’s behalf. In joint custody, the parents may share in their child’s legal and physical custody, making decisions together about his or her education, medical care, and religious upbringing, while enjoying equal parenting time. Upon reaching the age of 14, your child may choose who to live with and may request a change in custody every 2 years. The judge may overrule this if it is not in the child’s best interests.

The Difference Between Legal & Physical Custody

Georgia courts recognize legal and physical custody. Legal custody is when parents have the right to make major decisions regarding the child. With joint legal custody, both parents have equal rights and responsibilities to make major decisions concerning the child. Physical custody refers to the parent that the child lives with. With joint physical custody, both parents share equal contact time with the child. The court may order joint legal custody, joint physical custody, or both.

Military Parent with Joint Custody

There are specific steps you should take if you are a military parent leaving for deployment. You will need to send a written notice to your former partner explaining how your service will affect your parenting time—this should be completed at least 2 weeks before deployment. If you have received notice in less than 2 weeks before deployment, you must send that written notice immediately. State law permits temporary changes to parenting plans for military children; therefore, you should consult a child custody lawyer to walk you through the process.

Hinesville & Richmond Hill Child Custody Lawyers: (866) 580-3089

If you need legal assistance with your child custody, our Hinesville & Richmond Hill child custody attorneys can help you every step of the way. With over 40 years of experience, our legal team at Balbo & Gregg, P.C. have successfully resolved thousands of cases. We are one of the most experienced law firms in Hinesville and Richmond Hill and we have served military families worldwide. Don’t hesitate to contact our attorneys today for a free consultation: (866) 580-3089. We are here to protect the best interest of you and your family.

We have an office in Hinesville & Richmond Hill. Contact our child custody attorneys today: (866) 580-3089.

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