There is nothing easy about divorce, especially when children are involved. John Edwards Law Group, LLC, can help. As family law attorneys with more than 70 years combined experience guiding Canton and Cherokee County families through the divorce process, we know that the main issue for divorcing parents is determining who will get custody of the children.
The country is moving toward the granting of joint child custody in all divorce cases where it is deemed appropriate — appropriate being the key word here. At the end of the day, our family law practice understands that every family has different needs, and our firm will work diligently to assist you in achieving the custody arrangement that will best serve you and your children.
It All Comes Down To The Best Interests Of The Child
Before granting a child custody order, a judge may consider several factors to be sure the best interests of the affected children are being taken into account. These factors include but are not limited to:
- A child’s age
- A child’s wishes
- Parental ability to care for the child
- Parental stability
- Parental history of abuse or addiction
All of this information will assist the court in deciding where your children should spend their time.
Types Of Custody Recognized In Georgia
There are two types of physical and legal custody recognized in the state of Georgia: joint and sole. Joint physical custody allows children to split their time living with each parent. Joint legal custody allows both parents the right to contribute to important decisions regarding their children. Sole physical and legal custody, on the other hand, permits children to live with just one parent and allows that parent the right to make all major decision for his or her children.
As previously stated, joint custody arrangements are now preferred. However, the state understands that some family circumstances would benefit from the granting of sole custody to one parent such as in cases of domestic violence.
Achieve The Right Custody Arrangement For Your Family
Our lawyers and staff are dedicated to helping you achieve the custody arrangement that protects your family’s interests. Call the firm at 770-628-1100 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation at our Canton office.