Child custody is one of the most emotionally-charged areas of family law, and one requiring special expertise to make sure the rights of the minor children are properly represented. It’s not uncommon for both parents to feel strongly about custody and visitation arrangements, but in the end, it’s the judge who will decide. Having a skilled custody attorney on your side means you can feel confident you and your child will be effectively represented.
When deciding matters of child custody in Georgia, the courts follow a policy toward encouraging both parents to share in decisions about their children and to each have a meaningful, continuous relationship with their kids. That said, every family situation is unique, and the court has the power to award physical and legal custody of the children solely to one parent or jointly to both as deemed by the judge to be in the best interests of the children. Having knowledgeable, strong and dedicated representation in a child custody dispute is key to a satisfactory result that meets the needs of parent and child. A dedicated child custody lawyer at The Law Offices of Precious Felder can provide the level of attention and experience you need in your custody matter, from amicable divorces to high-conflict child custody battles in the Atlanta family courts.
Types of Child Custody in Georgia
Georgia law on child custody does not make any presumption in favor or the mother or the father or for granting any particular form of custody to either parent. When deciding custody matters, the court will consider both physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody refers to the actual physical possession of the child, i.e. how much time the child spends with each parent. Legal custody, on the other hand, refers to the right and responsibility to make decisions regarding the child’s upbringing in areas such as healthcare, education, religion, extracurricular and social activities.
Regarding physical and legal custody, the court can order custody to be held solely by one parent alone or shared jointly by both parents in any combination. For instance, one parent may be given primary custody of the children, with the other parent being scheduled for visitation or parenting on certain weeknights or weekends. Likewise, the judge could order that the primary custodial parent has the authority to make day-to-day decisions about the child but should consult the other parent on major decisions, although the primary parent may still have the final say.
The Court uses the “best interest of the child” standard to determine child custody. At The Law Offices of Precious Felder, we work diligently to assist our clients pursue parenting time in custody matters. Contact us to hire a knowledgeable attorney today.
Even though child support is intended to provide much needed financial support for the child of a divorced couple, establishing the level of support can prove contentious. As a law practice with a focus on family law, The Law Offices of Precious Felder, LLC, helps establish fair child support guidelines based on each client’s unique needs and abilities, as well as the needs of the child. Schedule a consultation to learn how we can help you.