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Child custody: What do parents need to know?

Going through a divorce in Georgia is never an easy process for anyone. This is especially true when children are involved, and parents are fighting for custody. Even if you didn’t begin the “battle,” it is still your responsibility to ensure that you are prepared for what may very likely be a lengthy and often frustrating process. The following includes further information on this issue and how you can improve the chances of winning your case.

Is a compromise available?

If you and your former spouse are seeking joint custody of the children, then you may be able to reach a compromise without having to go through the courts. Your attorneys may be able to reach an acceptable agreement to both parties. However, if the fight is for sole child custody, this might not be the best route to take. In that instance, the courts will have the final decision.

The best interest of the child

One of the most common mistakes made by parents is underestimating the factors considered by a judge in a child custody case. The fact is that a judge will lean toward the parent who will provide the best life for the child, and that involves much more than personal finances or material factors. Some of the other factors that a judge will take into consideration include:

  • Your relationship with the child
  • Your willingness to facilitate and encourage your child’s relationship with their other parent
  • Your home environment

Additional factors considered

There are many other factors a judge will take into consideration. Some of these other factors include the stability of each parent’s family unit, each parent’s involvement in the child’s extracurricular and educational activities, each parent’s work schedules and flexibility, and more. If the child is 14-years-old or older, the court will also take the child’s opinion into account on where they prefer to reside.

As you can see from the above information, the process of seeking child custody can be complex, so it’s wise to have an attorney at your side. They will be able to provide you with the right legal advice to help you improve your chances of having a positive outcome.