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    Jerry A. Daniels
    Position Co-Founder, Managing Partner, and President of Daniels & Taylor, P.C. Bar Admissions Georgia, 1979 U.S. District ...
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    Tony A. Taylor
    Tony A. Taylor is one of the founding partners of Daniels & Taylor, P.C. Tony and Jerry Daniels have been practicing together ...
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    Mike Birchmore
    As an athlete for 20 years, Mike learned the benefits of hard work, proper training and being prepared for the competition. ...
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    Eugenia Wallace
    After being in practice for 6 years, Attorney Wallace still brings a sense of eager excitement and tenacity when it comes to ...
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    Russell Taylor
    When you have problems in your family, it is difficult to know who to talk to or what to say. We all have private lives and ...
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    Sara Batchelor
    When I first entered the legal field over seven years ago I realized some ugly truths. The first thing that surprised me was ...
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    Caycie D. Dix


    Attorney Dix has been practicing law for over eleven years and currently serves as an Associate Attorney at Daniels & Taylor, ...

Resolving Child Custody Disputes In Georgia

When the parents of a child do not live together — either because of a divorce or because they were never married — Georgia courts will step in to determine who will be granted custody.

In Georgia, there are two sides to most child custody cases: physical and legal custody. Physical custody refers the parent with whom the child lives most of the time. In most cases, one parent will be granted primary physical custody and the other will be granted visitation and parenting time. Legal custody involves the power to make important decisions about the child's upbringing, such as schooling, health care and religious education. Legal custody can be awarded to one or both parents.

How Is Custody Decided?

When a married couple divorces, there is no automatic presumption about which parent will be awarded primary custody. Both the mother and the father start off on equal footing.

This isn't always true, though, when a child is born outside of wedlock. In those cases, the mother will automatically be granted custody unless the father has legitimated the child. This can be done either by a voluntary agreement between the parents or by pursuing a legitimation action in court. Simply putting the father's name on the birth certificate is not enough.

After the custody case is filed, the parents will appear in court, where a judge will review the evidence and hear testimony. The judge will look at the whole picture to determine what custody arrangement will be in the best interests of the child. In doing so, the judge will consider a number of factors, including the following:

  • The bond between each parent and the child
  • Whether the child has lived with one parent more often
  • The extent to which each parent contributed to a satisfactory and stable home life
  • Each parent's physical and mental health
  • Any evidence of abuse, chemical dependency or criminal behavior
  • Each parent's ability to meet the child's educational needs
  • Each parent's ability to meet the child's basic material needs, including food, clothing and medical care
  • The extent to which each parent has been involved in the child's social, educational and extracurricular activities

In custody cases involving older children, the judge may ask the child if he or she has a preference about where to live. Children age 14 and older get to choose which parent to live with unless the judge finds that the choice is not in the child's best interest. Children between the ages of 11 and 14 may express a preference, although that preference is merely a factor in the judge's decision.

Georgia child custody cases can be very complex, and they almost always involve a lot of heightened emotions. It is important to strike a balance between advocating for your position and not disparaging the other parent or asking the child to make an uncomfortable decision. If you are seeking custody of your child, talk with an experienced Georgia family law attorney who can help you make your case.

True Qualities that Define Our Firm

  • Professional & Trustworthy

    Clients are always our number one priority. We treat every client with the utmost respect and professionalism throughout every aspect of their case.

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    For over 25 years we have been recognized by our community and have been voted Best of Gwinnett from 2015-2020.

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    Our clients love working with us! Visit our reviews page to read more about their experiences.

  • Established in 1994

    Our firm has been serving clients in Gwinnett County for over 25 years. Lawrenceville is our town!

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