GEORGIA'S SHARED PARENTING LEGISLATION
On March 9, 2020, Rep. Jasmine Clark (D-108, Lilburn), along with Reps. Chuck Effstration (R-104, Dacula), Rhonda Burnough (D-77, Riverdale), John Carson (R-46, Marietta), & Todd Jones (R-25, Cumming) introduced Georgia's first equal shared parenting bill on the floor of the Georgia House of Representatives to update the custody laws to be in line with the overwhelming research that shows that such an arrangement is in the best interests of the children.
Unfortunately, the bill was introduced too late in the session and with the subsequent problems created by the COVID-19 outbreak, it died. However, the bill was given a sub-committee hearing before the Judiciary Sub-Committee on December 16, 2021, where experts on divorce, child custody, fatherhood, child support, and mental health testified in favor of the bill.
The bill was reintroduced on January 14, 2021 as HB96 for the 2021/2022 legislative session. Reps. Jasmine Clark (D-108, Lilburn), Chuck Effstration (R-104, Dacula), and Rhonda Burnough (D-77, Riverdale) sponsored again, joined by Reps. Micah Gravley (R-67, Douglasville), Wes Cantrell (R-22, Woodstock), and Philip Singleton (R-71, Sharpsburg). The bill has been assigned to the Juvenile Justice Committee. At this point, we have not been given a hearing by Chairman Ballinger.
House Bill 96 creates a legal presumption that equal shared parenting is in the child's best interests unless there is evidence that it is not in a particular case. The bill also requires that judges who determine that equal shared parenting is not in the child's best interest explain why in their order. Finally, the bill gives the judge more discretion on the age at which to consider the desires of the child.
GEORGIA'S CHILDREN NEED YOUR HELP!
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