Parenting Time and Visitation Rights ◊ Georgia Custody Lawyers
Located in Augusta, Georgia, the Claridge Law Firm provides friendly, experienced and cost-effective legal representation. We understand that nothing is more important to our clients than their children. We will work closely with you to help you achieve the child custody arrangement that works best for you and for your family.
The Best Interest of the Children
Every state’s family law statutes hold that the child’s best interest is the top priority in resolving any child custody matter. Georgia is no exception. The court will look closely at both parents to determine which would provide the most suitable living environment for the children. Some questions the court will ask may include:
- What are the parents’ work schedules?
- Which parent has been the child’s primary caretaker?
- Which parent is most likely to respect the other parent’s visitation rights?
- Has either parent been physically or emotionally abusive?
- Does either parent abuse drugs or alcohol?
Physical vs. Legal Child Custody
The court will either award one parent primary physical custody of the child, with the other parent receiving a flexible visitation schedule, or it will allow a joint custody arrangement. In all but the most extreme cases, parents are able to share “legal custody,” which gives them the authority to make decisions regarding the child’s education, health care, religion and other major decisions.
In some cases, grandparents can gain custody of their grandchildren. Sometimes, this is because the parents are absent or otherwise unfit to raise their children. More recently, grandparents have taken care of grandchildren in place of parents who have been deployed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Usually, when grandparents gain custody of a grandchild, it is on a temporary “guardianship” basis, meant only to last until the parent is again able to raise the child.
At Claridge Law Firm, we provide friendly, caring and effective legal services for a wide variety of child custody issues. Call us today at 706-860-4500 or contact our offices online to schedule a free initial consultation.