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Shared parenting benefits moms, dads and kids

When Georgia parents of young children go through a divorce, the court often gives primary physical custody to the mother. While many mothers often request it, they may quickly learn that not only is it taxing to have to raise the children completely on their own, they now are relying on child support to pay for expenses. Getting back into the workforce can be extremely difficult if not impossible, especially if the children are still young.

The solution to this problem is shared parenting, which gives both parents roughly equal parenting time. In many cases, shared parenting offers a flexible schedule that allows both parents to work. Further, it treats both mothers and fathers equally, which can be beneficial for the children.

By allowing both parents to share custody, mothers have the opportunity to enter the workforce and advance in their careers. They earn their own income so that they do not have to rely solely on child support. Fathers get the opportunity to maintain a healthy relationship with the kids, be involved in the decision-making regarding the children's everyday lives and be seen as more than the "breadwinner" who simply provides child support. In fact, even the children benefit. Research shows that children who have both parents in their lives are generally happier and more successful in school.

During a child custody dispute, a Georgia court will determine who will get custody of the children based upon the best interests of the child. The factors involved in determining best interests can include the parents' relationship with the children, the emotional connection the parents may have with the children and the parents' ability to care for the children and provide for their needs. Because Georgia law allows shared custody, an attorney may work with the other party to reach a shared parenting agreement that benefits the children.

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Margaret Gettle Washburn, P.C.
4799 Sugarloaf Pkwy
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Lawrenceville, GA 30044

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