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3 essential rights of non-custodial parents in Georgia

On Behalf of | Nov 15, 2021 | Uncategorized |

If you have recently gone through a divorce and your former spouse now has primary custody, you should be aware of your rights as a non-custodial parent in Georgia.

In domestic relations cases, the best interests of the children are always first and foremost, and for most families, it is advantageous for both parents to be as involved as possible. How can you, as the non-custodial parent, ensure you are able to be present for your child?

Parenting plan

You have the right to contribute to the terms of the parenting plan. Your opinions are valid during this process. The negotiations for the parenting plan must consider both parents’ preferences and suggestions, to the extent that they are in the best interest of your child. This plan can include visitation rights, legal custody and holiday schedules.

Child support

If ordered to provide child support, you have the right to a fair consideration of those financial obligations. Your income and your ex-spouse’s income must be fully and accurately reported. This allows for fair calculations.

Visitation time

You have the right to the specified visitation time. Barring extenuating circumstances or situations involving safety, a custodial parent may not interfere with the visitation schedule. It is important that you can spend time with your child, which is why developing and adhering to the parenting plan is necessary.

Navigating this new type of relationship with your child can be confusing, but knowing your rights means you can be there to work through it together.