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Georgia Child Custody

Some state divorce laws allow parents to negotiate child custody arrangements, and then provide the plan to the divorce court to approve the agreement.

Protect your relationship with your child during divorce.

In Georgia, if the couple can't come to a child custody agreement when filing divorce, the divorce court will consider the following factors:

  • Parental suitability of each parent
  • Needs of the child
  • Prior role of each parent
  • Child's wishes
  • Location of the residences of each parent
  • Any agreement between the parents

If the child is 14 years old, the child has the right to select the parent he or she would like to live with. The child's choice will be the determining factor unless the parent he or she chooses to live with is determined unfit for child custody.

When a child is at least 11 years old but not yet 14, the divorce court will consider the child's desires and educational needs to determine which parent will have custody.

Speak to local Georgia divorce attorney about child custody in your divorce. With help from a divorce attorney near you, you can work to protect your relationship with your child.

Get in touch with a divorce attorney today who can review your case by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out a divorce case review form.

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The above synopsis of Georgia divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Georgia divorce lawyer in your area.

Georgia divorce laws were last updated October 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.