Atlanta Child Custody Lawyers
Experienced Child Custody Attorneys in Atlanta and Surrounding Areas
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.