Child Custody

picture of a baby swinging with two parental hands in suwanee representing child support The standard that Georgia uses to determine child custody is, “What is in your children’s best interest.”

Child custody issues can arise during an original divorce action or through a modification of a prior agreement.

Everyone always agrees that the Court needs to make a decision about custody of the child based on what is in the child’s best interest. However, the issue that commonly arises in family law cases is that the Parents do not agree on what is in the best interest of the child. There are two types of custody that have to be decided in these cases:

Legal Custody:  Legal custody involves the person that is making the decisions about the child’s upbringing including but not limited to the child’s medical treatment, education, and religious affiliations.

Physical Custody:  Physical custody involves who the primarily lives with.

Both aspects of custody must be considered during child custody proceedings.

As a parent, there is nothing more important than our children!  The hardest part of a divorce action is the anxiety around splitting up the family unit.  You need an attorney that understands family dynamics and the responsibilities of parenthood.  Ms. Carter has four young children and truly understands the emotions, trials, and tribulations that parents face every day.  She will work with you to achieve the best possible outcome while preserving your parental rights and protecting the child’s best interest.