Child Custody

 
 
 

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Child custody is usually the hardest part of a family law case.  

Child custody in Georgia can be as creative as the parties need it to be.  After a divorce, there is a perception that one party will have primary custody while the other can expect every other weekend visits. This is true is some cases, but there are many other possible arrangements, including 50-50 or a shared custody arrangement.

 

We help clients to find creative child custody solutions that make sense for everyone involved and serve the best interests of the children.

 

If you want to craft he best possible arrangement, consider sitting down with us as your counsel. We will apply a wide breadth of experience in child custody law to help reach a solution that works best for you.

Call (770) 433-8121, or contact our office online to discuss your concerns.

 

Child Custody in Georgia

There are two types of custody in our state: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody is shared in most cases. This means the parties will consult with each other regarding major decisions for the child in areas such as health, education and religion. The parent in possession of the child makes day-to-day decisions.

Generally, one parent will have primary physical custody, meaning the child lives with that parent a majority of the time. Some parents have what is called “shared” physical custody of their children – they divide the time with the children equally.  Shared physical custody works best when the parents are able to maintain a reasonably good relationship.

 

Georgia Child Visitation Laws

In Georgia, visitation is when a parent without custody has the right to visit the child.  In Georgia, a typical visitation schedule will be every other weekend, two weeks in the summers and half of major holidays. 

 

Court-Ordered Custody and Modifications

A parenting plan is a court order establishing the type of custodial arrangement the parents will follow. The order generally provides for a custody schedule to be followed.  The schedule covers weekly visits, vacation and holiday time.  We help negotiate the best possible custody arrangements through informal negotiations, mediation or in trial.  Often, custodial arrangements must be included as part of divorce settlements or separation agreements.  When the parents were never married custody and visitation may be decided in a parties’ final order in their Legitimation case. 

       My goal is to ensure the best interests of my client and the children, which generally means that both parents are very involved in the child’s life. 

      

Family Law Firm Serving Georgia

 

In addition to helping parents establish custody and visitation arrangements, we help clients who seek modification of a custody order due to changes in circumstances.  Parents are often found in Contempt of Court for failing to follow a custody order, so it is important you talk to a family law attorney if the current arrangement no longer works for you or your child.  Likewise, if your child’s other parent isn’t obeying the parenting plan, it is important to document their behavior and to consult an attorney to identify the best course of action. 

 

For more information or to discuss your child custody case, call today!