Factors in Full Custody

If you are seeking sole custody in your divorce or separation, you will need to prove that the other parent is unfit due to a drug or alcohol dependency, history of domestic abuse or history of criminal activity. Even in cases where these factors are present, the noncustodial parent may still be granted supervised visits by the court.

In Georgia, child custody decisions are made with the best interests of the child as the primary consideration. The court aims to create a custody arrangement that ensures the child's well-being and maintains a healthy relationship with both parents whenever possible.

Factors Considered:

Several factors influence child custody determinations in Georgia. The court assesses

  •  each parent's ability to provide a stable home environment
  • the child's emotional and developmental needs
  • any history of domestic violence or substance abuse. Additionally
  • the existing relationship between the child and each parent and their willingness to support the child's relationship with the other parent

Mediation and Parenting Plans:

Georgia encourages parents to reach agreements through mediation. If parents cannot agree on a custody arrangement, the court may require them to submit a parenting plan, outlining how they will address the child's needs and allocate responsibilities.

Ultimately, the court's goal is to create a custody arrangement that promotes the child's best interests and provides a stable and supportive environment for their growth and development. Seeking legal advice and representation is crucial for parents navigating child custody proceedings in Georgia.

Custody Modifications

Because a child’s needs will change as he or she gets older, or a parent’s financial or personal circumstances may change, custody modifications can take place well after a divorce is finalized. Child support may also be subject to modifications, as the financial standing of one or both parents can change through time.

For help determining the best custody and visitation arrangements for your family, call Miles Hansford, LLC, at (770) 574-6688 to fill out our online form.

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