In divorces, parents must consider how to create two separate households.
In this difficult consideration, child custody can become a heated issue.
In Georgia, like most states, divorcing couples can avoid court time by
developing an agreement on child custody. If couples are not able to come
to an agreement, they must get a court order. When a parent does not follow
the court order, they likely face serious consequences.
In Georgia, a woman was arrested for non-custodial parental kidnapping.
There was an active warrant issued for the woman. Police took the woman
into custody, and the child was placed with the custodial parent. The
woman was likely not adhering to a court order, which awarded physical
custody to the other parent.
Although many people face difficulties in handling legal and physical custody
of their children, most would not resort to such far-reaching measures
as kidnapping. In Georgia, a court may consider modification of child
custody if circumstances materially change. If parents are not able to
agree, the courts may handle contentious child custody cases. The Georgia
courts determine child custody based on many factors with a focus on the
best interests of the child. Other factors the courts look at are each
parent's ability to provide for the emotional and physical needs of
the child, the conditions of the child's current home and any evidence
of abuse or false accusations of abuse by the other parent.
It is important to remember that it is in the best interests of the child
for parents to come to an agreement on the issue of child custody. While
it may be difficult to divide one household in a divorce, both parents
must still provide for the needs of their child.