Determining who should have primary custody of children and how much visiting time the other parent should have can be a highly contested issue in divorce. Your choice of an attorney is an important factor in reaching the outcome you want.
I am Carmel W. Sanders, a child custody lawyer in Macon, Georgia. I represent married parents, unmarried parents and grandparents in all aspects of child custody and visitation. I also help unmarried parents establish paternity (legitimation).
How Child Custody Is Determined In Georgia
The most common child custody arrangement in Georgia is for one parent to have primary physical custody while the other has child visitation according to a schedule. Courts may award joint physical custody. In either case, joint legal custody is likely in most cases. When determining a child custody arrangement, Georgia courts will consider a number of factors, including:
- The best interests of the child (the law’s top priority)
- Suitability of each parent as primary caretaker
- Who is the current primary caretaker
- Parental involvement in areas such as parent-teacher meetings at school, doctors’ visits and extracurricular activities
- Ability of the parents to communicate with each other
- Wishes of an older child
- Safety of the child
- History of domestic abuse
Every child custody case is unique and deserves to be handled with care, sensitivity and a clear understanding of the law. I am dedicated to ensuring that your children are raised in a safe and loving environment following your divorce.
The Impact Of Child Custody On Child Support
Your child custody arrangement can affect the amount of child support you receive or are obligated to pay. As your family law attorney, I will keep you well-informed about this matter. I will also help you contest the other parent’s expressed desire for more custody when minimization of child support obligations seems to be the motivating force. Your children’s stability is the greater good in nearly all cases.