A custody and visitation schedule (also called a parenting time schedule) explains when children will spend time with each of their parents. A written schedule is one part of the parenting plan that parents submit in every custody case. Adding a visual custody calendar for easier comprehension is optional.
As with the overall parenting plan, parents can submit a schedule together, and the judge will approve, as long as it ensures the well-being of the children involved. If parents can’t agree, each turns in a proposed schedule. After a trial, the judge orders a schedule by selecting one of the proposals or combining them.
You should carefully consider your children’s unique needs before mapping out a visitation schedule. Developing parenting plans are not a “one size fits all.” One party may have more flexibility with work schedules while another may have expertise that is essential to the child’s well-being. We work with you to create workable solutions that meet the children’s needs.
Physical custody refers to whom the children live with. Begin by deciding what physical custody arrangement works best for your family, and specify this in your parenting plan. In joint physical custody, children spend nearly equal time with each parent. In primary physical custody, children spend most of their time with one parent. In sole physical custody, children spend all or nearly all their time with one parent.
Legal custody refers to the decision-making rights each parent has in determining what is best for the children. Sole legal custody means one parent will make the decisions for the children. Joint legal custody means that both parents will share in the decision-making for the children. There are four main areas that Georgia courts determine to be of great importance when making decisions for children: (1) education, (2) non-emergency healthcare, (3) extra-curricular activities, and (4) religious training. If the parents are awarded joint legal custody, the Court will determine which parent will be the tie-breaker in the event the parties cannot reach an agreement.
Our Georgia attorneys will work with you to ensure that you have an opportunity to continue a relationship with your children, regardless of whether you were ever married to the other parent. It takes compassionate and experienced lawyers like ours at Anene Farrey & Associates, LLC to successfully come to a resolution that will provide the appropriate custody arrangement and parenting time according to your specific situation.