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Child Custody Attorneys in Atlanta

Fighting for the Best Interests of You & Your Child

There is no issue as important in a divorce case than child custody, support and visitation. Providing for your child and maintaining a healthy, loving relationship is critical, and Berry Family Law Group is committed to ensuring your child and your relationship are protected. We have built experience working on hundreds of cases fighting for the rights of our clients on these issues and we will fight for you and your child, too.

What Are the Differences Between Different Types of Child Custody?

Primary, joint, and sole custody refer to three different types of child custody recognized by the state of Georgia. Though they have different meanings, typically a court will rule for some combination of the three. Rarely will a single parent have sole custody that does not include visitation rights for the other parent.

  • Primary Custody – The parent with primary custody will have physical custody of the child for the majority of the time. Percentage of time spent with each parent is determined on a case-by-case basis and can vary greatly.
  • Joint Custody – Both parents generally spend the same amount of time with the child, roughly 50% each. This arrangement typically works best for parents that can commit to sound communication practices.
  • Sole Custody – One parent has permanent legal and physical custody of the child, meaning he or she makes all major life decisions for the child and has physical custody of the child. The non-custodial parent usually has established visitation time with the child.
  • Child’s Election – Once the child has turned 14 years of age, he or she may decide which parent he or she would like to have as the primary custodian. Children as young as 11 may be allowed to have input, but this is not binding.

In each instance, the court will weigh a number of factors in order to determine which parent will be awarded physical and legal custody of the child, and what type of child custody arrangement will exist. The primary consideration is always the best interests of the child, followed by a number of other factors, including but not limited to: the involvement of each parent in the child’s life, the emotional ties between the child and each parent or any siblings, the home environment of each parent, the capacity of each parent to provide for the child, the mental and physical health of each parent, and more.

How Our Firm Can Help Get The Right Result - In the Right Time

Whether you are seeking sole custody of your child or you would like to pursue a joint custody arrangement, our Atlanta family law attorneys can help you understand your options and work toward achieving your goals. We take the time to sit down with you, answer your questions, and address your concerns. With our 30+ years of legal experience, we have an in-depth understanding of the Georgia family law system. We use this knowledge to tirelessly advocate for you and your child. While we always strive for favorable settlements for our clients, we are fully prepared to take your case to court whenever necessary.

Contact Berry Family Law Group at (404) 205-8942 today to learn more about how our team can help you with your complex family law matter.

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