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Child custody is often one of the toughest issues in a Georgia divorce. We, at the Goolsby Law Firm, in Augusta, Georgia, often handle child custody as part of our divorce cases. We also sometimes assist clients in seeking a modification, or change, of custody.
Generally, the standard which a Georgia judge will utilize is the "best interests" test. In other words, the judge will determine what is in the best interests of the children based upon all the facts. Sometimes, judges will appoint a guardian ad litem to investigate and report back to the court.
In addition, if your child has reached the age of 14 years old, that child may select which parent to primarily live with, subject to the judge's review.
We recommend that you sit down with your Augusta divorce attorney to discuss these and other issues in your divorce case.