Many parents in Georgia are aware that when a divorce or separation occurs, a determination of custody is required. Because both parents in a marriage have a right to custody, determinations regarding custody can be particularly difficult. In many cases, the primary caretaker of a child will automatically get sole custody in the case. Georgia family law courts always try to decide custody in such a way that the well being and safety of the child will be protected. This focus on the well being and safety of the child sometimes results in dual custody being awarded. But this is not the only type of custody arrangement that is available.There are several types of custody arrangements available, and a seasoned Georgia family law attorney will be able to help you achieve the one that is best for your family.
Sole Custody vs. Joint Custody
Sole custody is awarded when the health, safety, or well being of a child will be placed at risk if the child is placed in the care of one parent. In these types of situations, the parent without sole custody may or may not be granted visitation rights. Joint custody is only awarded in unique circumstances. If it is believed that awarding this type of custody would be in the best interest of the child, however, a court will award joint custody. For parents who feel that their child’s health, safety, and well being will be endangered by a joint custody arrangement, it is a wise idea to introduce this concern with a seasoned family law attorney who will know how to best respond to this unique consideration.
Legal vs. Physical Custody
Physical custody refers to the parent with which the child will spend the most time, and in many cases, it is possible for a parent to have physical custody of the child in the form of scheduled residential time, but not have the decision making rights afforded by a parent with legal custody. There are a large number of cases in which both parents are awarded legal and physical custody.
Georgia Custody Cases
Many individuals fail to realize how particularly complicated Georgia custody cases can be. While the judge will consider a large number of factors in deciding custody, the judge’s determination will always be in the best interest of the child.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
There are a large number of factors that can greatly influence how a custody determination is made. The best interest of a child, however, will always be taken into consideration in these types of situations. A talented attorney will be able to ask as an advocate on your side to help you protect your interests. If you would like to talk with one of the family law attorneys at Vayman & Teitelbaum, P.C., either fill out our online form or call the firm at 678-736-7700 in order to schedule a consultation.