Determining child custody and visitation, also known as parenting time, is one of the most difficult situations divorcing parents face. Most parents naturally want what is best for their children and want to be involved in making decisions about the children’s lives.
If a hearing is required, the courts will determine both physical custody and legal custody; however, parents often have greater flexibility when they are able to come to an agreement together. The family law attorneys at Lynn Law Firm will walk divorcing parents through their custody options and work towards achieving their clients’ parenting goals.
In Georgia, physical custody refers to where the child will spend his or her time. This can be shared between both parents or granted to just one. If there is sole custody, this parent is able to make decisions on where the child will live. Consult with an attorney to see how custody decisions now can have long-lasting consequences.
Legal Custody refers to who will make major decisions for your children. For example: Where will your child go to school? What type of medical treatment will your child receive? What extra-curricular activities will your child enjoy? What religion will your child practice? Georgia law encourages parents to share joint Legal Custody unless a parent is unfit to be involved in the decision making. Joint Legal Custody allows for both parents to make decisions concerning their child’s future.
Modify Child Custody
A modification of child custody may be issued by a court in situations where there has been a substantial change in circumstances since the divorce was finalized. The Georgia courts want children to be in a secure, safe and stable home. That is why Georgia law allows for a court to change a custody order when it is in the best interest of the children involved. A change in custody is usually reserved for significant changes in family circumstances such as the following:
- A child over the age of 14 chooses to live with the non-custodial parent
- A custodial parent plans to move out of the state
- A custodial parent’s choices or behaviors detrimentally affect the children or make the home unsafe
Custody modifications in Georgia can be extremely complex and life altering for children and parents. It is often hard for a parent without an attorney to prove why custody should or should not be changed. That is why it is in the best interest of both you and your children to hire a lawyer who has experience in this area of family law.
Attorney June Lynn is experienced and knowledgeable in all types of child custody issues and are well qualified to help both custodial and non-custodial parents. If you have any questions or concerns about your child custody case, contact an attorney at Lynn Law Firm today for a consultation.
Contact an Experienced Attorney in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
The Lawrenceville attorneys at Lynn Law Firm provide legal guidance for individuals seeking a contested or uncontested divorce with compassion and care. Contact Lynn Law Firm, LLC at 770-212-9090 for a consultation regarding your Gwinnett, Barrow, Forsyth, Hall, and Jackson County case.