Father’s Rights Attorneys in Georgia

At KNC Law Firm, we believe that fathers deserve the same rights as mothers. Our father’s rights attorneys will help you fight for a healthy, strengthened relationship with your kids.

Georgia’s laws that govern property division, child support, and child custody all favor the parent that has assumed the position of primary caretaker in the past. Gender is not the deciding factor that determines which parent gets to spend time with and care for their children. If you are committed to caring for your children, we will be your biggest advocate in and out of the courtroom.

Whether you are currently married, divorced, or have never been married, we can help you with every area of the legal process.

Child Custody

 


 
The divorce attorneys at Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC are sensitive to how important child custody 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.

The Best Interest of the Children

When determining what is in the best interest of a child during your divorce, 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

A court will use these factors, among others, to decide where your children should spend most of their time.

Types of Custody Under Georgia Law

Custody laws in Georgia provide for a variety of options including:

Joint Custody

  • Joint legal custody, in which both parents have the right to contribute to major decisions regarding their children; and
  • Joint physical custody, in which the child or children spend an equal amount of time living with each parent.

Sole Custody

  • Sole legal custody, in which one parent has the authority to make major decisions regarding their children without input from the other parent; and
  • Sole physical custody, in which the child or children live primarily with one parent.

Our child custody attorneys in Atlanta will work closely with you to review your case and  determine whether petitioning for joint physical, joint legal, sole legal, or sole physical custody is right for you and your children.

Georgia Custody Schedules/Parenting Plans

A custody schedule in Georgia can be as simple or as complex as needed to fit your family’s circumstances. Schedules can involve mid-week visits, alternating and extended 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 divide  time spent with your children for years to come, it’s important that it is crafted with care and expertise. Without proper legal guidance, you can quickly miss out on valuable time spent with your child or children.

Look to Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC’s experienced lawyers to help you create a comprehensive custody and visitation schedule that ensures you are able to maximize your time and involvement in your child’s life.

Child support

 


 
In Georgia, both parents are required to support their children until a child reaches the age of 18, graduates from high school, marries, dies, emancipates, or joins the military. Additionally, support may be required past the age of 18 as well, such as in the case of a child who is still in high school. Child support is paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent for the child’s living expenses, health insurance, medical and dental expenses, and more.

The formula for determining appropriate child support in Georgia typically involves taking a detailed look at both spouse’s finances. Since 2007, Georgia child support guidelines have focused on an “income shares” model in which a Court will consider each parent’s salary, commissions, self-employment income, bonuses, overtime, severance pay, pension income (if it is recurring), interest income, dividend income, trust income, capital gains, gifts, prizes, lottery winnings, and income from a variety of other sources.

That “combined adjusted income” amount is used to establish a “Georgia Child Support Obligation Table” that helps to determine a “Basic Child Support Obligation,” which is then applied to each parent’s proportionate share of the combined adjusted income. All told, the process for calculating child support involves about nine separate steps.

Confused? It’s easy to get lost in the complex rules and guidelines that go into determining how much child support you and your child are owed. The lawyers at Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC will help you review your finances and answer any questions you have about how a child support determination will be reached. We will work hard to ensure that the Court has the best information available when making its child support determination.

Modification

Life’s circumstances don’t always stay the same and neither should your child support schedule. If you experience a change in income, your previous schedule may no longer be suitable for you or your children. Georgia law does allow for the modification of support schedules and our Atlanta child support lawyers can petition the court to modify your schedule in a way that matches your current needs. If a major change means your old schedule is no longer a fit, give us a call right away.

Factors a Georgia Court may consider when adjusting your child support obligation include:

  • Increased medical costs for the child or parent
  • Increased educational costs for the child
  • One party’s support obligations to another household
  • In-kind contributions from either parent
  • Travel expenses for visitation or shared physical custody

Paternity & Legitimation

Under Georgia law, being the biological father of your children does not necessarily mean you have a right to custody or visitation. For children born outside of wedlock, the biological father is not automatically recognized as a parent and must petition the court to secure his rights to custody or visitation through a process called legitimation. Depending on your circumstances, it may be necessary to have a Court recognize your paternity before securing your right to custody and/or visitation via legitimation. Once the state recognizes you as a parent you assume the obligation to pay child support, if necessary, and the privilege to visit or secure custody of your child.

If you need assistance with the process of establishing paternity and legitimation, please contact KNC Law Firm’s experienced attorneys at (404) 844-2856.


MEET SHAWNA M. WOODS:
YOUR FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY

Shawna M. Woods is an Of-Counsel Attorney at Kitchens New Cleghorn. Prior to coming to Kitchens New Clegorn, Shawna was Partner at Law Firm in Forsyth County specializing exclusively in Family Law. She also had successful solo Family Law practice in Fulton County and had worked several years with the Special Assistant to the Attorney General for Child Support Enforcement.
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MEET JOHN DINATALE: YOUR FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY

John DiNatale is an attorney with the law firm of Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC, in Atlanta, Georgia. John leads the firm’s Family Law Practice with expertise in Divorce, Custody Disputes, Modifications, Child Support, and Domestic Partnership Disputes Read More.


Jeff Cleghorn, Of Counsel

Jeffery M. Cleghorn is an Of-Counsel Attorney at Kitchens New Cleghorn. Read More.

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