Gwinnett County Child Custody Attorneys
Aggressively Fighting for Your Child's Best Interest
Child custody is the most important issue in a divorce or breakup. Your children are the innocent bystanders as your relationship falls apart. They need and deserve a peaceful and stable life following the separation of their parents. At Daniels & Taylor, P.C., we focus on both your rights and the best interests of your children, serving clients in Lawrenceville and beyond.
Discuss your custody case with our team today. Call (770) 285-1673 or contact our Gwinnett County child custody lawyers online.
The Importance of a Favorable Custody Arrangement
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 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 a change of custody. The court may also modify child custody in a Juvenile Court action. Custody 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 interests of the child.
How is Child Custody Determined?
If you and your partner cannot agree on a custody arrangement, the matter will be taken to court. Judges are given broad discretion in making their decision. It is important to hire a Gwinnett County child custody attorney who has experience with how each judge weighs these factors.
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 their 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 child’s educational, social, and extracurricular activities
- Your employment schedule
- Whether you wish to maintain continuity in your child's life in a safe and stable environment
- The stability of support systems in the community
- Each 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
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. At Daniels & Taylor, P.C., we can help you secure both legal and physical custody of your child or children.
Types of Child Custody in Georgia
In the state of Georgia, there are two types of child custody - physical and legal custody:
- Physical custody is when a parent physically lives with the child. Physical custody can be shared by both parents and this is referred to as "joint custody."
- When a parent has legal custody, they are in charge of making all major decisions for the child. These include medical, legal, educational, and religious decisions. A judge can award joint legal custody and this would mean both parents have a say in these decisions.
Child Custody Mediation vs. 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 decide the matter is akin to relinquishing control of a very important decision. In either case, it is important that you have an experienced Gwinnett County child custody lawyer to advise you and present your case.
Reach out to Daniels & Taylor, P.C. at (770) 285-1673 today.
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