Child Custody and Support Lawyers Stockbridge & Atlanta
Children in Georgia need both parents during and after divorce
The Stockbridge and McDonough family lawyers at Meadows, Macie & Sutton, P.C. understand that children need both parents even when their parents are divorcing. Child custody refers to where the children live (physical custody) and who makes decisions (legal custody) regarding their well-being in matters of health, education and safety. We have a thorough understanding of Georgia custody law and represent mothers and fathers seeking custody or modifications to a custody agreement or order.
Georgia courts have the authority to determine physical and legal custody of the children and the appropriate parenting time for each parent. These issues will be decided according to the child’s best interests, giving the court broad discretion. Family courts in Georgia consider the following factors:
- The child’s wishes ― so long as the child is at least 11 years old
- Relationship between parent and child
- Relationship between the child and siblings
- The safety of the home environment
- Mental and physical health of the parents
- Each parent’s work schedule and flexibility to care for the child
- Each parent’s willingness to encourage a relationship between the child and the co-parent
- Involvement of each parent in the child’s educational, social and extracurricular activities
- Evidence of domestic violence or abuse
- Evidence of criminal activities
We believe that custody battles in court should be avoided whenever possible. However, where a child’s well-being depends on a parenting plan that cannot be achieved through negotiation, we will be thoroughly prepared and ready to conduct a hearing or trial on the custody issues. Our child custody attorneys have the experience necessary to handle difficult child custody cases. We guide parents through this emotionally difficult process by keeping them focused on the ultimate goal of ensuring that the child’s best interests are promoted and protected.
Child support is a benefit for the children — not a punishment to the other parent
Georgia law makes both parents responsible for their children’s financial support. In 2007, Georgia adopted new statutory guidelines for determining child support and apportioning each parent’s financial responsibility for their child. Our attorneys have experience and training that you can rely on in calculating child support under the guidelines and handling any related child support issues.
Assisting you with any child custody or child support matter in Georgia
If you need help with child custody or support matters, call Stockbridge & Atlanta family law and divorce attorney Meadows, Macie & Sutton, P.C. at 770-450-1921 or contact our firm online to schedule an appointment.