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Supervised visitation preserves relationships

If there are concerns over a Georgia parent's ability to safely interact with a child, a court may mandate supervised visitation. It may take place at the parent's house, a public place or any other location where the safety of the child can be guaranteed. In most cases, a social worker or another person in a similar role will ensure that the interaction is safe and productive for both the parent and the child.

What a court considers in deciding child custody

When Georgia parents get a divorce, if they cannot reach a decision about child custody and visitation, they might have to go to court. A judge will take a number of factors into consideration when deciding what is in the best interests of the child.

Common myths regarding non-custodial parents

Lots of divorces in Georgia involve child custody issues. In many cases, one non-custodial parent will not have physical custody of the kids. However, this mother or father may still persuade a judge to grant them legal custody. Many non-custodial parents also have frequent visitation rights and spend ample time with their children.

Making co-parenting work during the summer months

Georgia parents no longer living together often face some unique problems as they attempt to successfully juggle parenting responsibilities. One potentially troublesome time is during the summer months when kids are out of school and their schedules are more flexible. But summer co-parenting doesn't have to be a challenge if parents take the right steps to make such arrangements work.

Parenting teens after divorce

When parents in Georgia divorce, a top priority is working out issues surrounding custody and support for their children. When one or all of the children are teenagers, some issues can become more complex. It's important for parents to be aware of a teenager's unique developmental issues while working out visitation plans and other ways to adjust to the divorce.

Pragmatic parenting advice for the single parent

For many couples in Georgia with children, divorce may be an inevitable consequence of a struggling marriage. A divorce can be just as emotionally traumatic on the children as on the parents. This is why courts normally consider the best interests of the child when awarding custody and considering parenting plans.

How child custody has changed in recent decades

While family law matters were not supposed to resemble a battle of the sexes, sometimes it felt that way in the past when mothers were usually granted sole physical custody of their children after a divorce. After 1980, courts started recognizing joint custody as a better option for children. Courts in Georgia and other states are now more likely to believe joint physical custody should be awarded unless there is a valid reason preventing it.

Tips for parenting after a divorce

Parents in Georgia and throughout the country will need to raise their children even after their marriages end. This generally means working together to make sure co-parenting goes as smoothly as possible. When kids see that their parents can put up a unified front, they are less likely to try to pit them against each other. This could limit the opportunities that a child has to act out in an attempt to get their way.

How to handle being denied visitation rights

When Georgia parents are denied visitation rights of their children, they face a difficult situation. This is true no matter if the ex-spouse or the courts have denied visitation. It is important for a person who has been denied visitation to take immediate action to understand why visitation was denied and then plan their next steps.

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