Georgia law encourages divorcing parents to work together to form their own parenting plan including which parent will have primary custody of the children, how the parents will make the major decisions for the children and how visitation will take place. It may take extensive negotiations to make it work, but the theory is that if the parents come up with their own agreement, they are more likely to comply with its terms. They are also encouraged to come to an agreement concerning child support. A skilled attorney can help you with negotiations.
The Law Office of Wendi D. Armstrong helps with child custody
Attorney Armstrong works with you and the attorney for the other parent to prepare a parenting plan. If the two of you cannot agree on custody and visitation, the court will hold a hearing where both sides can present all relevant evidence including testimony of both parties, teachers, neighbors, friends, relatives and experts. Some factors the court will consider include, but are not limited to:
- Which parent has been the primary caregiver and spent the most time with the children.
- Which parent is most likely to encourage a relationship with the other parent.
- Whether the children will need to move from their current home or change schools.
- Whether any family relationships, such as with grandparents or step-siblings will be disrupted.
- The preference of older children.
- Whether there have ever been any allegations of child abuse or neglect against either parent.
After considering all the evidence, the court will make its decision concerning which parent has primary physical custody, how the child care decision making process will work and will establish a visitation plan. All of the court’s decisions are made according to what it finds is in the best interest of the children.
The Law Office of Wendi D. Armstrong helps with child support
Courts also encourage parents to come up with their own child support plan. If they cannot, there are guidelines the court follows considering the income of each parent, how many children are involved, the cost of health insurance for the children, child care expenses, and any other relevant factor. Generally, the noncustodial parent makes support payments to the custodial parent.
Attorney Wendi Armstrong has nearly a decade of experience helping parents through the process of resolving child custody, visitation and child support. issues. Her office is located in Conyers, Georgia, and she serves those in the entire metro Atlanta area. Call her today at (770) 918-9914.