Kimberly Steinhoff January 4, 2022 Parenting
When two people divorce and wish to lead separate lives, it becomes much more complicated when children are involved. Divorcing parents should have the same goal-to be as involved in their children`s lives as possible and to provide them with stable, effective parenting. Joint custody is one way to achieve that goal, but can it work for your family?
In Georgia, when parents divorce, in most cases one of the parents is given custody and the other parent is given visitation rights. The visitation schedule can vary according to each parents needs. A standard Georgia visitation agreement allows the non-custodial parent to see the children every other weekend with holiday`s split between the two parents.For example, one parent will have the children on Thanksgiving one year and the other one will have the child the next year. Judges always determine the custody and visitation agreements. The standard measuring tool is "what`s in the best interest of the child." In recent years, judges have been just as agreeable to awarding custody to the fathers and visitation rights to the mothers.
The best part of being a grandparent perhaps is that you get to visit the kids when they are smiling, and the parents have to deal with them all the time, change their diapers, and take care of all the other nonsense. You get the best of all worlds. It is fun to watch the grandkids run around and play, and reminisce about what it was like to be young, or how you raised your own kids. Having grandkids visit is fun, raising grandkids can be quite a chore, perhaps you are getting too old for that.
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.
When separation or divorce happens and children are involved, the first thing that should be done is making a parenting plan. You may need to make a temporary plan if a long and heated custody battle is coming. Even if custody hearings are short and less stressful, a temporary parenting plan may need to be made before a permanent one is created. A temporary plan should consist of as much detail as you can but needs just the basics to get you by until a permanent plan can be made. What are the basics of a temporary parenting plan? Parenting time schedule - How much time each parent spends with the children Children`s schedules - What activities the children have Emergency information - Any information pertaining to emergencies
Usually, parents request modifications to the parenting plan when there is a significant change to the children`s lives or the parent`s lives. Whether it is a change to the basic custody schedule or a topic in the parenting plan, almost every part of the plan is open to revisions, as long as you can show the court that the changes benefit your children.
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