Aggressively Fighting for Your Child's Best Interest
You know it. So do we. Child custody is the most important issue in a divorce or a break up. Your children are the innocent bystanders as your relationship falls apart. They need a peaceful and stable life following the separation of their parents. We focus on both your rights and the best interests of your children.
Time flies and you don't want to miss out on those special moments in your child's life. You need to be there to see your baby's first steps, to teach them to ride a bike, to take them to soccer or karate, or just be there to hold them when they get their heart broken. You want to help your child with homework, limit the time they spend on the internet, and go to bed at night knowing that they are safe. You will have more joy and less stress in your life when you have primary custody and control.
You can contest child custody by filing for a Divorce or for a Change of Custody. The court may also modify child custody in a Juvenile Court action. Custody in Georgia is always decided by a Judge rather than by a jury. The State strongly favors giving children an opportunity for frequent visitation with both parents when it is in the best interest of the child.
Judges are given broad discression in making their decision. It is important to hire a Custody Lawyer who has experience with how each Judge weighs these factors. As per O.C.G.A. Section 19-9-3 Judges may consider many factors such as:
- Your child's love, affection, bonding, and emotional ties with you and thier siblings
- Your love, affection, and ability to guide and educate your child
- Your familiarity and capacity to provide for your child's needs, taking child support into account
- Your involvement in your childs educational, social, and extracurricular activities
- Your employment schedule
- A desire for maintaining continuity in your child's life in a safe and stable environment
- The stability of support systems in the community
- Either parent's mental and physical health
- Any special needs your child may have
- Recommendations by a court appointed custody evaluator or guardian ad litem
- History of substance abuse, child abuse, or criminal history by either parent
- and any other factors which may be relevant to the best interest of your child
At Daniels & Taylor, P.C., we'll help you secure both legal and physical custody of your child or children. Legal custody gives you the rights and duties to decide matters of health care, education, religion and overall welfare. Physical custody establishes where your children will live and sets the schedule for parenting time.
WE CAN HELP YOU! Contact our Lawrenceville law office at 770-604-1380.
Child Custody Mediation Versus Litigation
Your children should not be in the middle of a child custody dispute between you and your spouse. Your separation is traumatic enough without your kids witnessing you both waging war. We encourage you to find a middle ground and negotiate or mediate your disputes. If you and your spouse cannot agree on a child custody arrangement, we will not shy away from courtroom litigation.
Simply put, negotiation or mediation gives you control over the decisions. Having a judge make a determination on the matter is akin to relinquishing control of a very important decision. In either case it is important that you have an experienced lawyer to advise you and present your case.