Family Law Insights

The 3 Most Baffling Things About Georgia Child Visitation

Posted on: May 18th, 2013

Understanding Georgia child visitation is a full time job. Luckily our Georgia child visitation attorneys are knowledgeable about all the ins and outs, so you don’t have to be. Here’s a list of the top 3 most baffling things about Georgia child visitation that you should know, even though you don’t have to be an expert. You can leave that to us.

“The Best Interests of the Child”. This is the phrase that dominates discussion around child visitation laws in Georgia. Considering that it is the standard used by the court to determine Georgia child visitation, you’d think it would be very clear cut as to what that phrase actually means. However, as with most things concerning the law, it tends to be the opposite of clear cut. Many factors are weighed and considered when it comes to determining the best interests of the child. This is why it’s so crucial to have an experienced Georgia child visitation attorney on your side, to make sure that what you have to bring to the table in terms of protecting and ensuring “the best interests of the child” in question are fairly represented.

Child support/Alimony not factors. You would think that there would be a tight inter-relationship between child support, alimony, and child visitation in Georgia. But the baffling thing is that it isn’t. In Georgia, child visitation does not hinge upon either alimony or child support payments. Though it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, a custodial parent can’t legally withhold child visitation in Georgia simply because the non-custodial parent has not paid up all of the child support and/or alimony they should. This baffling area of Georgia child visitation law alone requires the assistance of a practiced lawyer.

The importance of the parenting plan. Georgia child visitation places a great amount of importance on a parenting plan, which is a document detailing the particulars of child visitation. It often includes details such as travel arrangements, when visitation will take place, and if supervision is necessary. Sounds pretty straightforward, right? Except when one or both parties deviate from the plan. Then it’s not so clear whether “the best interests of the child” are still front and center.

To navigate the rough and confusing waters of Georgia child visitation, simply contact one of our experienced attorneys for a consultation. Fill out the form on this page, call us at 404-844-2856, or send us an email at

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