In an initial custody dispute between the parents over the custody of a minor child, the sole question to be determined is what is in the best interests of the child. This question can only be answered by a judge, as Georgia law prohibits juries from determining custody matters. Essentially, there are no boundaries as to what a judge may look at in determining a child’s best interests, as the law provides that the judge may consider “any relevant factor.”

Unfortunately, each judge may have a different opinion as to what he or she finds relevant in any given case so it's important to understand all of the basics and make sure all procedures are handled by an experienced attorney.

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