Experienced At Helping Families With Child Custody
No issue in a divorce case is as emotional as those of child custody and visitation. Answering the question, “Who will raise the children?” can be complex.
Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the law office of Jody A. Miller represents parents in divorces involving child custody and visitation. We understand that there is nothing in life more precious than a child. Parties in a divorce can resolve their custody issues by agreeing to a parenting plan, or they can have a judge issue an order concerning child custody and visitation in the event of a lack of agreement as to a custody and visitation plan. To learn how to protect your custody and visitation rights, contact us to schedule an appointment with an experienced family law attorney.
How Custody Is Determined
A judge bases decisions concerning child custody and visitation on what is in a child’s best interest. This is a fact-specific process. No one factor is more important than another. Factors a court may consider when awarding custody and visitation include:
- Which parent provides day-to-day care
- Parental fitness
- An existing agreement
- Ability to encourage a continued relationship with all parties
In Georgia, the court must award two forms of custody: physical and legal. Physical custody refers to where a child lives. Legal custody refers to a parent’s right to make decisions about a child’s welfare. The court will award physical or legal custody, and the award may be joint or sole custody.
Children over the age of 14 have the right to select which parent they want to live with, but that selection is still up to the discretion of the judge and must be based on the best interest of the child. In addition, in all divorces that concern child custody, parents must create a parenting plan for the judge’s consideration.
Contact Us To Learn More
These are just a few of the issues that parents must deal with during a divorce. Contact us at the law office of Jody A. Miller to learn more. We represent people throughout Georgia, including locations such as Carrollton, Decatur, Lawrenceville and Marietta.