How Will My Child Custody Order Be Enforced in Georgia?

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How your child custody order will be handled depends on whether or not Georgia courts have approved your plan. If you have received approval, your plan will be enforced with the strength of a court order. This means that both parents are in a legally binding agreement that could make violations easier to prove and resolve.

If you have yet to receive approval from Georgia courts, your plan may only be enforced if you have reason to believe your child is in imminent danger. Calling the police is often best in this situation. If your child is not in immediate danger and you have not received approval for your plan, you may want to try negotiating with the other parent. If negotiation is not successful, enlisting the legal counsel of a trustworthy family attorney can be a helpful next step if you have not already done so.

Do I Need to Create an Enforceable Order?

To determine if your situation is something you would like to take legal action over, you should evaluate the situation as a whole and prioritize your children’s long-term wellbeing. Consider asking yourself if this is the best possible solution for everyone or if you can have a mediator weigh in on the situation.

Possible reasons someone might take their concerns before Georgia courts could include the other parent frequently missing necessary appointments, interfering with visitations, or consistently arriving too early or late.

What Steps Do I Need to Take?

Once you have decided to take your child custody order to the Georgia courts, gathering supporting evidence could be helpful to your cause. These things might be useful in proving negative patterns in the other parent’s behavior. Evidence may include phone calls, documents such as police reports, and emails. It is also a good idea to document each violation’s time, date, and description.

Next, you will want to have a judge review your plan. At this time, they might make adjustments, offer you additional days with your kids to make up for lost time, or direct the other parent to cover expenses if appropriate. Having a skilled family and divorce attorney by your side during this process can help ensure you have all the necessary details for the best possible legal outcome.

Contact a Lawyer to Learn How Georgia Will Enforce Your Child Custody Order

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