The custody laws in Georgia are focused on the best interests of the child. The judge involved must focus on this when making any custody decisions. There are several factors that the judge will consider, including:
- The home environment of each parent.
- The mental and physical health of each parent.
- The emotional ties the child has to each parent.
- The ability of the parents to provide the child with adequate medical care, food, and clothing.
- Sibling relationships, including step-siblings and half-siblings that will be in each parents’ home.
- History of sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect by either of the parents.
- Any history of criminal charges, substance abuse, and the stability of each parent.
- The willingness of the parent to maintain a relationship with the other parent.
- Each parent’s involvement in the schooling, extra-curricular activities, and social needs of the child.
These factors are considered when determining child custody, placement, and visitation schedules to come up with the best fit for the child.