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Atlanta Child Custody Lawyers

Posted on: September 16th, 2013

Experienced Child Custody Attorney Atlanta, GA

If you’re searching for a child custody attorney in Atlanta, you’ve come to the right place. Indeed, after decades of practicing Georgia divorce and custody law, we know that in divorces involving children there is often little else that will matter more than who will have primary custody of the children and how they will be raised. In order to ensure that you and your children are well protected, it is essential that you have professional, experienced legal counsel on your side.

The divorce attorneys at Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC are sensitive to how important an issue this can be, and offer decades of experience keeping families intact. We bring expert knowledge of Georgia family law to the table, and the experience of how to best represent your interests to the court.  Importantly, child custody laws in Georgia are designed to keep “the best interests of the child” in mind, but that term is inherently subjective and entirely dependent upon the facts presented. Let the lawyers at Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC work to ensure that what the court defines as your child’s “best interest” is what you seek as well.

What Are “The Best Interests of the Child” as Defined by GA Family Law?

When determining what is in the best interest of a child, Georgia custody law allows a court a large degree of discretion, and a judge can consider many different factors. Some of those factors include:

  • A child’s age and desires
  • Parental stability
  • Parental criminal history
  • Ability of the parent to care for the child

and more. A court will use these factors to decide where your children should spend most of their time.

What Types Of Custody Exist Under Georgia Law?

Custody laws in Georgia provide for a variety of options. Those include:

  • Joint Custody: This falls into two subcategories:
    • Joint legal custody, in which both parents have the right to contribute to major decisions regarding their children
    • Joint physical custody, in which the child or children split time living with both parents
  • Sole Custody: This also falls into two subcategories:
    • Sole legal custody, in which one parent has the authority to make major decisions regarding their children
    • Sole physical custody, in which the child or children lives with one parent

Our child custody Attorney in Atlanta will work closely with you to review all the details of your case in determining whether petitioning for joint physical, joint legal, or sole legal/physical custody is right for you and your children. You can also read more about different types of custody arrangement in Georgia in our Infocenter at https://www.knclawfirm.com/practice-areas/family-law/child-custody/.

*Note that your child support payment schedule will rely heavily on your custody schedule.

Georgia Custody Schedules as Explained by our Child Custody Attorneys

A custody schedule in Georgia can be as simple or as complex as needed to fit your particular circumstances.  Schedules can involve mid-week visits, alternating weekends, and more. Questions such as who will have the children for holidays and birthdays will also have to be resolved. Because your custody schedule will determine how you and your spouse will split time spent with your children for years to come, it’s important that it is crafted with care and expertise. Without the proper legal guidance, one can quickly miss out on valuable time spent with their child. Look to Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC’s experienced custody Attorneys to help you create a comprehensive custody and visitation schedule that meets the requirements of Georgia law and preserves your precious family ties.

Changes to Georgia Child Custody Schedules

Life circumstances don’t always stay the same and neither should your custody schedule. If you move, get a new job, or experience any other lifestyle changes, your previous schedule may no longer be convenient or practical for you or your children. Thankfully, Georgia law allows for the modification of custody schedules. Our Atlanta child custody lawyers can petition the court to modify your schedule in a way that matches your life needs. If a career change, a move, or some other major change means your old schedule is no longer a fit, give us a call right away.

 

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Divorce should never cost you family relationships. Arrange a consultation with one of our skilled divorce attorneys as soon as you begin seeking a divorce. We’ll walk you through the court system and reach a resolution that protects the best interests of you and your children. For a typical contested custody issue, our law firm retainer begins at $5,000.00. To talk with one of our family law attorneys about representing you, either fill out the brief form to your left or give us a call.

Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC is also well-versed in all other aspects of Georgia family law, such as alimony payments, property division, uncontested divorce, prenups, child adoption, non-traditional partnerships, and more.

Our office is located in the heart of Buckhead at 2973 Hardman Court, Atlanta, GA 30305. Plenty of free parking is available on-site. For directions to our office, call (404) 844-2856.

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