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Parenting time after a divorce

In Georgia and across the U.S., courts have the final say concerning matters of child custody and parenting time. A judge considers every situation individually and aims to make decisions in a child's best interests, so there is no guarantee of custody for either party. When assigning custody, a judge uses factors like the relationship already existing between each parent and the child, relationships with any siblings or relatives, each parent's home environment and each parent's ability to responsibly raise a child.

What are the residence requirements for filing for divorce?

In Georgia, there are certain requirements regarding the residence of a married couple who wishes to get a divorce. One of these is that at least one of the spouses has to have lived in Georgia for six months prior to the filing of the divorce complaint. Otherwise, the married couple must have held a recent permanent residence, or domicile, in the state.

Restraining orders in Georgia

The purpose of obtaining a domestic violence restraining order is to provide protection to men or women who are subjected to abuse from another family member or a partner. These restraining orders can first be obtained on an ex parte basis, which means if sufficient grounds exist on the face of the application, the court may issue the order on a temporary and emergency basis until a hearing may be set.