Section 5 of HB 369 is where the most substantial changes to Georgia law were made in the bill. It affected several existing Code sections and I will address each by reference to the statute it changed or added.
OCGA section 19-9-3 was also substantially rewritten.
Subsection (a)(1) provides, as before, that in all cases in which the custody of any child is at issue between the parents, there shall be no prima-facie (automatic) right to the custody of the child in either the father or the mother. There shall be no presumption in favor of any particular form of custody, legal or physical, nor in favor of either parent. Joint custody may be considered as an alternative form of custody by the judge and the judge at any temporary or permanent hearing may grant sole custody, joint custody, joint legal custody, or joint physical custody as appropriate.