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Protecting The Best Interests Of Your Child

Your relationship with your children is important. Child custody can be a frustrating and difficult process to handle on your own. Our attorneys at Dodd & Burnham understand what you are going through and are here to help you every step of the way.

We have decades of combined legal experience navigating the complex issues involved with child custody and visitation rights. You will receive personal service and expert legal advice because we take the time to understand your situation and how the law will apply to your specific family law case.

Child Custody Determinations

Child custody proceedings involve a judge reviewing your situation and considering your child’s health, safety and comfort when determining custody and parenting time arrangements. We can help you understand your options when it comes to sole custody and joint custody and what details need to be addressed in parenting-time arrangements.

Child custody orders may be amended if there is a significant change in circumstances. We will carefully evaluate your situation to help you review all options and to determine the best course of action to take.

We have successfully handled child custody cases for our clients in south Georgia. Our experience and knowledge of the family law system help us effectively and efficiently review all factors in your case. We know what it takes to find the best resolution for you and your children.

Frequently Asked Questions On Child Custody

Modifying child custody orders, determining the child’s best interests, and understanding legal and physical custody are crucial aspects of family law in Georgia. Navigating these processes requires a clear understanding of the state’s laws and requirements. Here are our answers to some commonly asked questions.

What are the process and requirements for modifying child custody orders in Georgia?

In Georgia, modifying child custody orders involves filing a petition with the court that issued the initial custody order.

The court needs proof beyond conviction of the change in circumstances affecting the child’s welfare to consider a modification. It could include changes in the parent’s living situation, job or child’s needs. Both parents must be notified, and a hearing may be scheduled where evidence supporting the modification must be presented.

What are the specific criteria that judges in Georgia consider when determining the child’s best interests?

Georgia law has different factors that judges must consider before deciding on the child’s best interests. These include:

  • The child’s emotional and physical needs
  • Each parent’s ability to cater to these needs
  • The parent’s home environment
  • The child’s relationship with each parent
  • Any history of substance abuse or domestic violence

Also, the courts may consider the child’s preferences if they are considered mature.

How does Georgia law define and differentiate between legal custody and physical custody?

In Georgia, legal custody is the parental right and responsibility to make significant decisions about the child’s upbringing, including religious upbringing, education or health care. Custody can be joint, where both parents have equal rights to decision-making authority, or solo, where only one parent has the authority.

Conversely, physical custody is the child’s main residence. It can also be joint, where both parents spend time with the child more or less equally, or sole, where the child primarily resides with one parent, with the other parent having visitation rights.

Speak With Us – Call Today

We provide vigorous representation to protect your rights during this process. We can help, whether you are in a high-conflict custody battle or just need help understanding your options.

Contact us online or call us at 229-474-3609 to schedule a consultation and start discussing your specific case. We work with clients in Valdosta and throughout southern Georgia.