Now that all of the legislative wrangling is over for the year, and the General Assembly has passed a final version of House Bill 369 (HTML version) (PDF version), to which I have referred previously as the Georgia Shared Parenting Bill, which now awaits the Governor’s signature, I wanted to provide a detailed analysis of the bill, which will appear in a series of subsequent posts (the links to those posts are listed below):


An Analysis of Georgia House Bill 369: Public Policy Statement

An Analysis of Georgia House Bill 369: Appeals

An Analysis of Georgia House Bill 369: Parenting Plans

An Analysis of Georgia House Bill 369: Arbitration in Custody Cases

An Analysis of Georgia House Bill 369: No Presumptions in Favor of Either Parent or Form of Custody

An Analysis of Georgia House Bill 369: Best Interest Standard

An Analysis of Georgia House Bill 369: Additional Custody Factors for Family Violence Cases

An Analysis of Georgia House Bill 369: Fourteen Year Old Election

An Analysis of Georgia House Bill 369: Custodial Preferences of 11 to 14 Year Old Children

An Analysis of Georgia House Bill 369: Custody Evaluators and Guardians ad Litem

An Analysis of Georgia House Bill 369: Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law

An Analysis of Georgia House Bill 369: Requirements for Relocation and Chages of Addresses of Parents and Children

An Analysis of Georgia House Bill 369: Attorney’s Fees

An Analysis of Georgia House Bill 369: Home Studies by DFCS

An Analysis of Georgia House Bill 369: Custody Agreements

An Analysis of Georgia House Bill 369: Extracurricular Activities Included in Joint Legal Custody Decisions

An Analysis of Georgia House Bill 369: Permissible Parenting Time Provisions in Family Violence Cases

An Analysis of Georgia House Bill 369: Effective Date


As is typical of most legislation, the bill went through several versions. The links will take you to the different versions of the bill as it proceeded through the legislative "sausage maker."

1. Introduced in the House on February 10, 2007

2. The House Judiciary Committee offered a substitute on February 27, 2007

3. The House Rules Committee offered another substitute, which the House voted to pass on March 27, 2007, by a vote of 165-2.

4. The Senate Judiciary Committee offered a substitute on April 16, 2007.

5. When the bill came up for a vote in the Senate on April 19, 2007, a floor amendment was proposed by Sen. Seabaugh. The amendment was approved 28-20 and the bill passed by a vote of 31-19.

6. The House voted to strip the Senate’s amendment and passed the bill 138-1. The Senate voted to approve the bill as amended by the House by a vote of 43-0.

UPDATE May 29, 2007: Signed by Governor