Atlanta Child Custody Lawyer Angela Kinley
Often the most complex issue in a divorce between the parents is the issue of child custody. The state of Georgia recognizes the important role that parents play in the lives of their children and support continuing contact with parents who have proven themselves capable of acting in the parents best interest. With nearly a decade of experience Angela Kinley is the right choice for your child custody attorney in Atlanta. Having professional experienced legal counsel on your side is a critical part of ensuring you and your children are well protected.
Determining Child Custody
Determining custody may be made in several ways. Agreement of the parties is subject to court approval, and custody may be decided directly by the judge presiding over the case. The best interest of the child or children involved must be considered by the court prior to any custody arrangement being ordered or approved by the court. In many cases what is in the best interest of the child is not easy to immediately discern.
There are several types of custody in the state of Georgia that involve both physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody in its simplest form refers to the time each parent will get with the child or children involved. Legal custody refers to the parents rights to make major decisions concerning the child or children involved
Joint custody is where both parents have legal and/or physical custody. Joint Physical Custody is when the child or children involved split time living with both parents. Joint Legal Custody is when both parents have the right to contribute in making major decisions regarding the child or children involved.
Sole Custody is when one parent has legal and/or physical custody. Sole Physical Custody is when the child or children involved live only with one parent. Sole Legal Custody is when only one parent has the right to contribute in making major decisions regarding the child or children involved.
Typically some type of visitation is put into place for the non-custodial parent to ensure the child or children have access to both parents. Visitation can come in many forms and may be a simple decision or require a more complicated solution like supervised visitation.
All cases in Georgia involving child custody are required to have a formal parenting plan included in the final divorce decree. There are multiple requirements the parenting plan must meet for the court to incorporate the plan into the final decree. Both parties must agree on the parenting plan and submit it jointly, if the parties cannot agree on a proposed plan they must both submit separate plans for the courts consideration.
Do You Need a Child Custody Lawyer for Your Custody Battle?
There are many more complicated issues involved in the child custody decision making process. Contact us today to discuss your specific situation and how we can help you achieve a solution that is in your child’s or children’s best interest.