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 Georgia Determine Child Custody?
In Georgia, the standard for child custody is always primarily focused on what is in the best interests of the child. This determination involves a number of factors, including each parent’s relationship with the child and their ability to provide for the child’s needs. While judges tend to favor joint custody, the most important thing is to prevent as convincing a case as possible for your positive relationship with your child. If there are reasons that the child’s other parent should not have custody, it is essential to provide a well-evidenced argument to back up your claims. Reasons that parent would be unfit to have custody could include things like abuse, drug use, or other crimes.
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.
Experienced Lawrenceville Child Custody Attorney
When it comes to protecting your children, there is no substitute for a knowledgeable child custody attorney. Tom Cain, Attorney at Law, has been fighting for Georgia families for over 30 years. He will work closely with you to understand your unique situation and will develop a comprehensive litigation strategy to protect your claims to custody. Tom Cain understands how important your children are and will work tirelessly to ensure that you are able to keep your family close.