If you’re searching for information about child custody laws in Georgia and feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Many parents take to the Internet to find answers concerning their child custody case. Here are several frequently asked questions that will hopefully provide clarity:

What are the different types of child custody?

There are multiple types of child custody that must be determined – sole, joint, physical, and legal. Sole custody means that one parent has most or all custody responsibility, while joint custody awards both parents an equal amount of time and responsibility.

Physical custody refers to which parent the child lives with, while legal custody refers to which parent is charged with making legal decisions. You may hear a combination of phrases such as joint legal custody or joint physical custody. Your family law attorney will explain all legal terms, so you are confident in your understanding.

How will the judge determine child custody?

The judge will consider many factors related to what is in the best interest of the child. Factors include stability, child preference (if of age), living conditions, age of children, and others. Serious issues such as neglect and abuse will also be used to determine child custody.

How are child support payments calculated?

In many situations where child custody is awarded, child support payments will also be issued. There is no one size fits all model that a judge will impose. Rather, the judge will consider the specific details of the case. Several factors he will consider includes income, commission, tips, unemployment benefits, disability benefits, and other sources that contribute to a person’s income.

Over time, you or your ex may experience an increase or decrease in finances and the details of your child support will need to change. Our attorneys can help you modify your case details that best help you and your children.

How do I choose an attorney?

You want an attorney whose main focus is family law. This means their sole attention concerns all things family-law related which will benefit you immensely. The GEM attorneys are experienced and knowledgeable concerning family law and can help you during this stressful time.

Contact us today with your questions.