Rose F. Roselli January 6, 2022 Parenting
In Georgia, grandparents have been awarded visitation rights as have step-parents who had a close bond with the child at the time they were married to the child`s parent. Again, as long as the judge finds the visitation is in the best interest of the child, visitation is often awarded in these circumstances.
Once the parenting agreement is decided on, the parents can get a copy of the state child support calculator to find out the amount of support that is paid or received. If the parents do not think the amount of support is fair, they can make adjustments to the agreement to change the amount. They can do this by changing the custody schedule or the other information in the agreement. It is important for parents to take ownership for their agreement and child support. They should double check the calculations and do their own math rather than relying on the court. The court may estimate some of the numbers or make mistakes, and it is up to the parents to notice this and fix the situation.
Parents in a temporary custody situation need to work out the financial aspect of parenting while they are separated. The parenting agreement should specify how they will continue to provide and care for the children financially. A mother or father can file for temporary child support if they need to. The children`s standard of living should not change because one of the parents moves out. The parents can file their parenting agreement for temporary custody at the court. They will meet with a judge and present their agreement. The judge will adopt this agreement and make it a custody order with an ending date. The end date is generally the day of the permanent custody hearing.
Child custody situations can be stressful and overwhelming for parents and children. Too often, the parents bring emotional issues from the divorce into the custody situation and a custody battle develops. The children are the ones who ultimate lose in these cases. The first step to winning custody is for the mother and father to look objectively at the situation and figure out the best way for the children to be raised. This almost always means that both parents need to be involved in the children`s lives (except in cases of abuse or when a parent is unfit). A parent who is seeking to exclude the other parent from the children needs to take a step back and be honest about their reasoning. Are they doing this because of a personal vendetta? Are the children really going to benefit from this action? If the children`s interests are slighted, there is not any way for either parent to win custody.
The best way for a mother or father to truly win child custody is to work with the other parent to create an acceptable parenting agreement. The parents should try to set aside other issues and disagreements and focus solely on what they are going to do to raise their children. The plan that they create for caring for the children becomes the parenting agreement. If they work together and are willing to be open and to compromise, they should be able to come up with a parenting time schedule that allows for fair time for each parent. They will also be able to divide up the holidays fairly. These parents will also put in parenting provisions and stipulations that will ensure the child is being raised in a positive home environment. This will help the parent`s peace of mind when the child is at the other home.
If the other parent refuses to cooperate on the agreement and insists on going to court, a parent should make every effort to prepare for court and get their parenting agreement accepted. The parent can suggest going to mediation to work things out beforehand, and some states even require that parents attend custody mediation before going to court. However, if things still do not work out, the parent should make a parenting agreement and be prepared to fully explain why this agreement is in the best interest of the children. They should give adequate time to both parents and make the parenting time schedule fair. This will help the court see that this parent is trying to do what is best for the child and increase the chances of the agreement being accepted. Hopefully, things can be resolved in the best way for the children.
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