Atlanta Sole Custody Attorneys
Divorce is a very complicated and emotional event, especially when there are children involved. But you don’t have to struggle through the divorce process, competent legal help is available to you to help you finalize your divorce and get what you deserve. Divorcing spouses need to be conscientious of their child’s needs through the process and what solution best fulfills their child’s welfare. If you are in a custody dispute during a divorce, then is imperative to seek experienced legal help from an Atlanta child custody attorney. An attorney will be able to step if the parents cannot reach agreement and the custody case has to go to court. If your custody case goes to court, the judge will determine custody for the parents. For a parent to win child custody, they will need to present their argument accurately and efficiently. The Family law attorneys at Bushnell & Drye, LLC will be able to make sure your case is presented well in court.
Categories of Sole Custody
There are several different outcome possibilities that a judge may award during a custody proceeding. Usually, Georgia courts will try to award joint custody to the parents, so that the parents may continue to make important decisions about their child and retain the bond they have with their children. Sometimes the court will award sole custody to just one parent. There is either Sole Legal Custody, which is when the custodial parent has the decision making rights pertaining to the child’s welfare, religion, education, and medical matters, as well as any other major decisions. The court may also award Sole Physical Custody, which means that the child resides with the custodial parent and will only have reasonable visitation with the other parent.
The courts do not rarely award just one parent with sole legal and physical custody of a child, unless the child’s other parent is deemed unfit. A parent may be found unfit by a family law court if the parent has a history of substance abuse, violent behavior, domestic abuse, child neglect, mental incapacity, or other conditions that may harm the welfare of the child.
Usually, custody orders that order sole custody of a child also order different combinations of legal and physical custody. For example, a child may reside with the parent who has sole physical custody of the child (the custodial parent), but both parents retain joint legal custody over the child.
The family law courts try to discourage parents from seeking sole custody of the child out of contempt for the other parent. Parents should only seek sole custody if there is a justifiable reason for sole custody.
Planning for Your Child’s Future
Divorce is a complicated and emotional process, especially when children are involved in the process. Child custody can bring out the worst side in both spouses, as both may think they deserve certain legal rights over their children. A skilled Atlanta family law attorney will be able to understand your legal circumstances and help you understand the outcome of your custody case. At Bushnell & Drye, LLC our Georgia family law attorneys will help evaluate your marital property and ensure that you get the share you deserve. Help plan for your child’s future and a fresh start. Contact us today for more information and a legal consultation.