When a couple decides to get a divorce, dozens of things often rush into their minds. Going through the divorce process involves numerous aspects. When children are included, the process can be even more daunting. Georgia couples who have children and choose to get a divorce also have to deal with the issue of child custody.
Stories of child custody cases vary from couple to couple, but many revolve around a similar set of circumstances. This topic has become so prevalent that a movie was recently created about it. When a couple attempts to make child custody arrangements, one of the first things to determine are what kind of joint custody they want: joint legal physical custody or simply joint legal custody.
Joint legal physical custody allows both parents to not only make decisions about how the children will be raised, but both also get to have the children live with them some of the time. Though this custody arrangement encourages the relationship with both parents by allowing them each time with their children, it can also be rather problematic. The alternative, joint legal custody, does not make time for the children to be with each parent, but allows them to decide together aspects of the children’s lives, such as doctors, schools and religion. When both parents are willing to work together, these custody arrangements can be established and executed smoothly and without any major complications.
Child custody is an important aspect of divorce for couples with children. Unfortunately, this process is widely known for the issues and problems that can be a part of it. However, if couples getting a divorce in Georgia understand and weigh their options, this process can be a relief rather than a hassle. Making the best arrangements for all involved, but especially the children, is crucial.
Source: American News Report, Child Custody in a Divorce: Let the Fight Begin, No author, Feb. 4, 2014