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The obligations custodial parents have to others

Those who serve as custodial parents in Georgia or any other state must ensure that they are putting their child's needs first. Typically, this means creating a parenting plan that allows the noncustodial parent to have a relationship with their son or daughter. If necessary, a judge will create a visitation schedule that is convenient for all parties. A custodial parent should notify the other parent if changes to a plan need to be made.

Just because a parent has custody doesn't mean that the other parent shouldn't have a say in how the child is raised. It can be a good idea for both parents to work together to do what is best for their child. For instance, if a custodial parent plans on leaving the state, the noncustodial parent should know ahead of time. This can provide an opportunity to alter a custody or visitation schedule if necessary.

Ideally, the noncustodial parent will be notified whether the child will be taken out of state permanently or on a simple weekend getaway. Communicating with a noncustodial parent is critical if it becomes necessary to pay a major expense related to the child. A simple conversation can determine how much the noncustodial parent can afford to spend and when the money can be transferred to the custodial parent.

Parents who have questions about their rights or responsibilities may benefit from talking with a family law professional. This may be true whether parents have been granted custody or are in the process of seeking it. Generally speaking, parents should strive to preserve the best interests of their children. Doing so may enhance their chances of obtaining sole or joint custody rights. It may also result in a favorable visitation schedule if custody rights are not granted.

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