Georgia Divorce Child Custody
Divorce with children is never easy. However, it is important to understand the law in Georgia regarding child custody and what life with children post-divorce may look like.
Types of Custody
There are two general categories of custody: legal and physical.
- Legal custody refers to the right to make decisions regarding the children and their upbringing. In Georgia, there are four categories of decision-making authority:
- Religious upbringing
- Non-emergency healthcare
- Extracurricular activities
- Physical custody refers to the child’s physical location and primary place of residence. There are several potential arrangements for physical custody, including:
- Sole physical custody, in which one parent is designated as the custodial parent and the other parent is awarded visitation rights
- Joint physical custody, in which both parents spend equal time with the children
- Split custody, in which the children are split up between the parents (each parent has sole custody of one or more of the children)