Under Georgia law, both parents are equal when it comes to child custody arrangements. The court may award joint custody or sole custody. In Georgia, this may take the form of legal custody and physical custody.
Legal custody is the right to make major decisions regarding the child. With joint legal custody, both parents equally share decision making rights and responsibilities for the child. One parent has final decision-making rights about medical, educational, extracurricular, and religious decisions.
Physical custody refers to which parent with whom the child lives. With joint physical custody, both parents share substantially equal time and contact with the child. In awarding joint custody, the court may order joint legal custody, joint physical custody, or both.
In Georgia, children who are 14 years or older often make a custody election about the parent with whom they prefer to live. However, a judge can overrule the custody election if the judge decides that living with the child's preferred parent is not in the child's best interests.
(Georgia General Assembly, HB 369, 2007 Session)
Unless parents agree or the judge decides otherwise, a parenting plan will also usually outline:
In Georgia, child support payments are generally calculated based on a formula. Those calculations are based on a number of factors, including the gross income of both parents, self-employment taxes, any pre-existing child support orders, whether either parent is supporting another child, and health insurance premiums, among other things.
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