Joint Legal Custody

Having parents who are able to work together in making arrangements during child custody proceedings is generally considered to be in the best interests of the children. Working through the couple’s attorneys, and based on parenting plans submitted to the court, joint physical custody arrangements provide children with the benefit of allowing both parents to continue to play an active and engaged role in their lives.

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What is Joint Legal Custody?

In addition to joint physical custody, in which both parents are responsible for the child’s care and supervision, the custody order may grant both parents authority in making decisions that impact their children’s lives. Under Section 19-9-6 of the Georgia Code, joint legal custody means that both parents have the right to make legal decisions regarding their children’s care and upbringing, which includes:

  • The children’s education;
  • Medical care and treatment pertaining to their physical, emotional, or developmental needs;
  • The extracurricular activities the children engage in;
  • The children’s religious upbringing.

In order for these types of plans to work, each party must be able to lay aside their differences and cooperate with one another, putting their role as parents and their children first.

Our Atlanta Child Custody Attorneys are Here to Help

At Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor, we help protect your and your children’s interests in negotiating joint physical custody arrangements with the other parent. Call or contact our office online today and request a consultation with our Atlanta child custody attorneys at our Marietta, Alpharetta, Buckhead, Dunwoody, Fayetteville, or Johns Creek location.