I'm often asked about joint custody. Exactly what is it? Do I want it? Is this something that the Court will order?
Generally, joint custody just means shared custody. A lot of people think that joint custody means 50/50. But it does not always mean that. In my general geographic area, I would say that that is not the standard type of joint custody awarded by the court. It can happen, but it must be the right situation. There must be two parents that can co-parent. Generally, they need to live close together so that they can get the children to and from school and activities. They must be able to work together. And the children have to be able to adapt to moving from home to home.
Even though 50/50 is not generally the most popular arrangement with the court, there are lots of forms of joint custody. It just really means shared.
Many times, that means that one parent is named the primary parent and the other is the secondary parent. Being named the primary parent generally means that you usually have 51% or more of the time with the child, your home would be designated for the child's residence as far as school purposes and doctors and that kind of thing, and you might be entitled to receive child support.
When the court is deciding on a joint custody arrangement, the court will always use the best interest of the child standards. That is true in any custody case.
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Nedra K. Howard
Nedra has represented clients in matters relating to divorce, separate maintenance, child custody and support, family violence protective orders, adoption, prenuptial agreements, business disputes and litigation, personal injury, property damage, and wills.
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