The relationship that parents have with each other will inevitably affect the relationships that each of them has with the children. When parents decide to divorce or end a romantic partnership, both will likely experience a shift in the dynamic that they have with their children.
It is normal for parents in Georgia, especially the parent not currently serving as the primary caregiver to the children, to worry about what the end of their relationship means for their parental responsibilities. No one wants to get cut off from their children because they can’t make things work with a romantic partner.
Can your ex demand full custody and refuse to give you access to your children?
Georgia wants both of you to be there for the kids
In any contested custody matter where the parents do not already agree, the courts have to focus primarily on what would be in the best interests of the children. The best interests standard is a confusing one for some people, as there is a degree of personal discretion for the judge hearing the case.
However, most judges understand that children benefit from having both parents in their lives. Georgia divorces usually result in shared custody arrangements. Only in cases where one parent doesn’t want time with the children or can make a credible claim that the other is a danger to the children will a judge consider awarding one parent full custody.
What if your ex won’t let you take the kids?
You can have a temporary or final custody order in place and still have an uncooperative ex. If the other parent doesn’t want to work with you, they may try to deny you parenting time. They may also lie to the children about you or share details about your relationship that are inappropriate because those details damage your bond with the children.
If you can show that your ex has intentionally interfered in your relationship, you could ask the court to consider their attempts at parental alienation when finalizing your custody arrangements or reviewing a modification request. If a judge believes that a parent will put their selfish wishes ahead of what is best for the kids, they may give that parent less time with the children or less legal responsibility for them.
Learning the rules that govern child custody matters in Georgia will help you feel confident about moving forward with a divorce or separation.