New Custody Law went into effect January 1st, 2008. The law affect the rights of custodial and non-custodial parents all across Georgia. Here are some of the highlights:
1. Attorneys fee awards now allowed. This should prevent parents who use custody cases as a weapon against a less financially able parent.
2. Parenting plans – Georgia Law now requires that a detailed parenting plan be utilized to ensure there are no questions about parenting time.
3. The focus of the law is not on old terms, such as custody and visitation. The more friendly term, parenting time is used to indicate both parents' invlovement in their children's lives, rather than relegating one parent to an occasional guest.