Child custody issues can be extremely challenging. Georgia law considers “the best interests of the child” to be paramount in determining custody, and a variety of factors are considered on a case-by-case basis. These include the age of the child, the ability of each parent to care for the child, and the emotional attachment the child has with each parent, along with a number of other subjective factors. An experienced attorney is essential to protect both the interests of the child and the rights of the parent, particularly given the broad discretion of the court.
Georgia law recognizes several custody options: joint legal custody, joint physical custody, sole legal custody and sole physical custody. In addition, decisions regarding contact and visitation schedules are also determined. Once implemented however, circumstances can dictate the need for change. Emily S. Bair & Associates’ extensive expertise is invaluable during initial agreements as well as when modifications are appropriate.