Trusted Child Custody Lawyer Protecting Lawrenceville Families

Image of two children whose parents are negotiating their child custody details.Parents who aren’t married or decide to divorce must decide and agree upon their child or children’s daily care. Where your children will live, how they’ll get to school and activities, and who will pay for their insurance are just a few things that will need to be worked out. Whether you’re just establishing a custody agreement, or somewhere further in the process, we are here to help.

Types of Custody

Many people don’t realize there are several classifications of custody, each of which gives parents different privileges. Custody arrangements include:

  • Physical Custody: A parent with physical custody earns the right to have their child live with them for part or all of the time.
  • Visitation: Parents who have not been awarded physical custody may be entitled to partial time with their kids.
  • Legal Custody: Parents with legal custody get to make decisions regarding their child’s daily life, including where they go to school, religious practices, medical care, etc.
  • Joint versus Sole Custody: Both physical and legal custody may be awarded to one or both parents. Parents who enjoy joint physical and legal custody typically live close by one another and can more or less agree on how to raise their children.

How Does the Custody Process Work?

Parents seeking custody of their children must file a petition with the court. Once reviewed, you will receive a date for a custody hearing where you will be able to make your case. We’ll help you prepare for your hearing and accompany you throughout the process. It’s important to remember that judges base their custody decisions on what they perceive to be in the best interests of the child or children in question.

Tom Cain, Attorney at Law, P.C. has been helping Lawrenceville families negotiate child custody arrangements and disputes for over 30 years. If you need help navigating a child custody matter, call our office at (770) 963-0289 today to schedule a free consultation.