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In most circumstances, a non-custodial parent’s visitation or parenting time is unsupervised. The general rule in Georgia is that non-custodial parents have the right to spend time with their children free from supervision, and in the majority of cases, this is considered to be in the best interest of all parties involved.

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Whether you are going through the divorce process or your former spouse or partner has already been granted primary custody, it is important to understand your rights as a non-custodial parent. Georgia’s custody laws focus on protecting the best interests of the child, and in most cases this requires the parents to develop a “parenting plan” that allows the child to spend meaningful time with both his or her mother and father.

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In February, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued an important decision for parents who are in disagreement over their child’s surname. Addressing an issue that had not previously come before the Court, the Justices unanimously concurred that when a court establishes a child’s paternity, that same court also has the authority to determine the child’s surname taking his or her best interests into consideration.

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