Determining child custody arrangements is no easy task. The child’s best interests should always come first, but it’s not always clear those are. Courts take a variety of factors into consideration before issuing a custody order. Here’s what you need to know.
What Do Courts Look At?
Courts look at numerous facets to get a clear picture of what custody arrangements might be in the best interest of a child. The most common things that will be evaluated in an Atlanta child custody case include but are not limited to:
- The age of the children
- The age of the parents
- The mental and physical health of each parent
- The mental and physical health of the child, as well as any special needs the child may have and each parent’s ability to provide for those special needs
- The living situation of each parent and each parent’s ability to provide a safe, comfortable home for the child
- The proximity of each parent’s home to the child’s established school and social activities
- The income and work schedule of each parent
- Any history of domestic violence in the family, committed by either parent
- Any history of one parent making false allegations of abuse against the other parent
- The quality of the relationship between the child and each parent
- How much time each parent spends with the child
- Which parent primarily provides and cares for the child currently
- The willingness of each parent to facilitate and support their child’s ongoing relationship with the other parent
- The child’s wishes, if they are old enough to express their wishes
When to Contact an Experienced Divorce Attorney
Any time you are considering getting a divorce or are involved in the process, it is critical to consult with a seasoned divorce lawyer. However, this becomes even more important when you have children in the process. Child custody issues are highly emotional, and it can be difficult to ascertain what is or isn’t in the child’s best interests from your own viewpoint.
An experienced lawyer can help you understand the issues at hand and how Georgia law may affect your case. At the Law Office of Elyssa K. Williams, we’ll walk you through the child custody process step by step, and provide you with the information you need at all times to make important decisions about your case and the future of your family.
Call now for a consultation at (678) 566-6770 or (678) 613-5732.