Georgia Child Custody Lawyers
When minor children are involved in a divorce, the court, the attorneys and especially the parents need to keep the children’s best interests in mind when making decisions about child custody. At our law firm, the family law attorneys understand each family is unique. Custody choices are not the same for every family and every circumstance.
Child custody and visitation/parenting time can come in many forms:
- Joint custody
- Sole custody
- Legal custody
- Physical custody
Custody evaluations and modifications are all terms that a divorcing parent shall become familiar with. Legal custody gives the parent the right to make decisions regarding church, medical treatment, education, counseling, etc. In addition, it allows the person to get access to medical and school records. The primary physical custodian typically makes the final decision if there is a dispute. Contact Coleman, Chambers & Rogers, LLP, at 678-601-2495 for a consultation in Gainesville.
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Every parent has rights and obligations with regard to their children. A divorce does not change that. Parenting time and financial support remain important obligations.
- Child custody: Where should the children live? Can they live equally with both parents or do circumstances make that unworkable? When parents cannot agree, the court may order mediation. If mediation fails to produce a resolution, the judge will make a decision.
Child custody evaluation: In child custody evaluations, a psychologist or other neutral family specialist will evaluate the parents and the children. They will then make recommendations on custody and parenting time to the court.
- Visitation and parenting time: If there is a noncustodial parent, how much visitation or parenting time should be available? What works best for the parents and the child? If the parents cannot agree, the judge will decide.
- Child support: The Georgia Child Support Guidelines have been undergoing changes. We can explain the current law to you and help you understand how it affects you and your children.
- Mediation: Courts often require parents to seek mediation in order to resolve child custody, parenting time and visitation issues. Mediation often helps the parents work out their own resolution rather than depend on a third party to make decisions for them.
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