Determining a custody arrangement can be one of the most important aspects to any pending litigation. In Georgia, the Court will look at the best interests of the child to determine a Parenting Plan if the parties are unable to agree without Court intervention. Parenting Plans can establish physical custody (what is the physical time each party spends with a child) and legal custody (the right to make important decisions on your child’s behalf, including those related to health care, religion, extracurricular activities and education) custody over a child. When determining custody, courts take a number of factors into consideration, such as: the parents’ desire and ability to care for the child, the emotional bond between the child and both parents, the adjustment needed if the child has to move to a new area, and, if old enough, the child’s wishes. Parents are often required to take part in mediation where you can discuss what you want, any problems you’ve had with the other party and visitation, the needs of the child, and any other relevant issues.
Finalizing a parenting agreement that covers child custody and visitation, requesting modifications, or going to court can be difficult and emotional. With an experienced attorney advocating for your rights as a parent and the best interests of your child, you’re more likely to get the custody and visitation agreement that is best for your family. Contact the attorneys at Patterson Moore Butler to discuss your child custody case today.