What is sole custody? It's not what most people think. It does not terminate a parent's rights. It just means that one parent is going to have decision-making authority and most of the custodial time. But it does not cut out the other party from the child's life. That's a misconception.
Public policy in Georgia is it's better for a child to have a relationship with both parents.
There are some situations where sole custody is appropriate, but generally, it's not favored. But there are situations where it might be appropriate. For example, in cases of extreme alcohol or drug abuse situations that would endanger the child; then sole custody might be appropriate. Another situation where it might be appropriate would be for mental illness of the parent that causes problems for the child. Physical or sexual abuse by that parent to the child, or any other extreme behavior that causes harm to the child would also warrant consideration of a sole custody arrangement.
But sole custody does not mean that the other parent will not get visitation. They probably will get visitation unless restricted by the court. That visitation could be supervised or very limited, or it could be just a standard visitation. That would be totally up to the court. Or it could be by agreement of the parties, if the two of you can agree.
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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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