Georgia Custody and Visitation Schedule Guidelines

The laws about Georgia custody and parenting time are found in Title 19, Chapter 9 of the Official Georgia Code Annotated.

Here are the guidelines from the law to help you make your parenting time schedule.

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Physical custody

Joint physical custody is when the parents share parenting time so the child has substantially equal time and contact with both parents.

Sole physical custody is when the child lives with one parent and has parenting time or visitation with the other parent.

Your parenting time arrangements

Your parenting plan needs to have information about physical custody and parenting time. A common way to show when the child is in each parent's physical care is to make a parenting time schedule.

To show where your child is every day of the year, your schedule should include:

You can make your schedule in a custody calendar so it's easy to see when the child is with each parent. You can include your calendar and a written description of your schedule in your parenting plan.

You can also include provisions in your plan to help your schedule work better. Common provisions include information about exchanges and how the parents will communicate about the schedule.

If you want supervised parenting time, you must include information in your plan about why it is needed and how it will work.

The court ordered parenting schedule

If you and the other parent agree on your parenting schedule, you can have any schedule you want.

If you don't agree on the schedule, the judge will decide your schedule. Georgia doesn't have a state standard parenting time schedule, but some counties and judges have a standard schedule they order when the parents don't agree.

The standard schedules are all close to this schedule.

The non-residential parent has parenting time every other weekend from 6:00 pm Friday to 6:00 pm Sunday.


The parents alternate the holidays as follows:


For summer break, the non-residential parent has 6 weeks with the child. If a child is not yet in school, the non-residential parent gets 6 weeks of parenting time during June, July, and August.

The standard schedules from the courts differ in exchange times, holidays, and summer break time. All of the standard schedules are meant to be the minimum amount of time that the non-residential parent has with the child.

Check with your local court or judge to see if there is a standard schedule for your court.

The court orders a standard schedule when the parents don't agree on parenting time. If you and the other parent are able to work together, you can make any parenting schedule you want.

Georgia parenting time policies

Here are some policies to consider as you make your schedule:

  • The court has no preference for granting custody of the child to the father or the mother
  • There is no presumption in favor of any form of custody or in favor of either parent
  • The judge has the authority to grant sole custody, joint custody, joint physical custody, or joint legal custody as is best for the child
  • When a child is 14 years old, the child can choose which parent to live with
  • When a child is 11 years old, the judge will consider the child's desires when choosing which parent the child will live with
  • All custody decisions will be made in the best interest of the child and to promote the child's welfare and happiness
  • A child should have continuing contact with parents and grandparents
  • Parents are encouraged to share in the rights and responsibilities of raising the child after the parents divorce

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