Child Custody

Atlanta Child Custody Lawyers

Experienced Child Custody Attorneys in Atlanta and Surrounding Areas

Going through a separation or divorce can be painful, but the stakes are so much higher when children are involved. We’ve practiced Georgia divorce and custody law for decades, and we know one issue is first and foremost for divorcing parents: who will have primary custody of the children, and how will they be raised? Make sure you and your children are well-protected by having professional, experienced legal counsel at your side. At Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC, we bring expert knowledge of Georgia family law to the table. Our Georgia child custody legal experts have decades of experience protecting families like yours.

Expert Georgia Child Custody Legal Knowledge

The divorce attorneys at Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC are sensitive to how important child custody can be, and offer decades of experience keeping families intact. We bring expert knowledge of Georgia family law to the table, and the experience of how to best represent your interests to the court. Importantly, child custody laws in Georgia are designed to keep “the best interests of the child” in mind, but that term is inherently subjective and entirely dependent upon the facts presented. Let the lawyers at Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC work to ensure that what the court defines as your child’s “best interest” is what you seek as well.

What Are “The Best Interests of the Child” as Defined by GA Family Law?

When determining what is in the best interest of a child during your divorce, Georgia custody law allows a court a large degree of discretion, and a judge can consider many different factors. Some of those factors include:

  • A child’s age and desires
  • Parental stability
  • Parental criminal history
  • Ability of the parent to care for the child

A court will use these factors and more to decide where your children should spend most of their time.

What Types Of Custody Exist Under Georgia Law?

Custody laws in Georgia allow for a variety of options:

  • Joint Custody, which includes…
    • Joint legal custody, in which both parents have the right to contribute to major decisions regarding their children
    • Joint physical custody, in which the children split time living with both parents
  • Sole Custody: which includes…
    • Sole legal custody, in which one parent has the authority to make major decisions regarding his or her children
    • Sole physical custody, in which the children live with one parent

Our child custody attorney in Atlanta will help you determine which petition is right for you and your children.

*Note your child support payment schedule will rely heavily on your custody schedule.

Georgia Custody Schedules as Explained by our Child Custody Attorneys

Will your children see a parent once a week or every other weekend? Who will have the children for holidays and birthdays? These questions and others must be resolved when you and your partner divorce. Your custody schedule will determine how you will spend time with your children for years to come, so make sure it’s crafted with care and expertise. Our experienced lawyers will help you create a comprehensive custody and visitation schedule – one that protects you from missing valuable time spent with your child.

Changes to Georgia Child Custody Schedules

If you move, get a new job, or experience any other lifestyle changes, your custody schedule may no longer be practical for your family. Thankfully, Georgia law allows for modification of custody schedules. Call us immediately in the event of a life change to have our Atlanta child custody lawyers petition the court to support your family’s needs.


Shawna M. Woods is an Of-Counsel Attorney at Kitchens New Cleghorn. Prior to coming to Kitchens New Clegorn, Shawna was Partner at Law Firm in Forsyth County specializing exclusively in Family Law. She also had successful solo Family Law practice in Fulton County and had worked several years with the Special Assistant to the Attorney General for Child Support Enforcement.
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John DiNatale leads Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC’s Family Law Practice. John joined the firm in 2018, after operating a solo practice for several years in Atlanta. Born and raised in Marietta, Georgia, John worked as a literary agent in New York City after graduating from the University of Georgia and later, before law school, designed productions for a major Atlanta arts and culture center. His legal philosophy is simple: represent Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC clients with loyalty, respect, and selfless service. Read More.

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Thank you Jon and all of KNC for standing by me during these unpleasant times. Your knowledge, experience and advice was exactly what I needed. I will not hesitate to call on you again.
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The information provided on this website is general and for information only and does not constitute legal advice for any particular situation of facts and circumstances. If you have need for legal advice, please consult with an attorney for your specific questions.

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