Types of Child Custody
Types of Child Custody in Georgia
There are Four Types of Physical Custody Arrangements
The parents split time with their child(ren) roughly equally
One parent has the majority of parenting time with their child(ren)
Sole or "Full" Custody
One parent has nearly all of the time with their child. This arrangement is sometimes referred to as full custody.
One child spends the majority of time with one parent and the other child spends the majority of time with the other parent.
Courts typically award both parents joint legal decision making for their children. That said, Georgia law requires a court to designate one party as the final decision maker for each of the major life decisions concerning the child.
Health and non-emergency medical care
The parent that has the final decision-making authority for health care decisions can determine a child's medical treatment. Sample decisions include counseling, ADHD treatments, and the use of medicine.
The parent that has the final decision-making authority for education can determine a items such as private or home school, course of study, and enrollment in advanced classes.
The parent that has the final decision-making authority for extracurricular activities can determine whether and how much a child will participate in a particular sport or activity.
The parent that has the final decision-making for religion may determine a child's religious upbringing.