Understanding Child Custody Orders
When parents cannot agree on where their children should live or who should have authority to make decisions concerning their health and well-being, the courts get involved. The child custody lawyers at Vaughn & Clements, P.C. can represent your interests in child custody hearings to make sure your voice is heard. We can help steer you through the process while making sure the best interests of your children are always the top priority.
Custody And Taking Care Of Your Children
There are two forms of child custody: physical and legal. Physical custody orders determine the residence(s) where each child will stay. Physical custody can be assigned to a single parent (sole custody) or shared between parents (joint custody). In some cases, physical custody may include someone other than the parents (such as grandparents) as well. In cases where sole custody is granted, visitation rights for the noncustodial parent are part of the physical custody order.
In Georgia, children are allowed to choose which parent they want to live with if they are at least 14 years old, but the courts can overrule that choice if it is determined to not be in the best interests of the children.
Legal custody orders in Georgia begin with the presumption that both parents have equal say in making decisions for their children, but sole custody can be granted. The parent(s) with legal custody make decisions about things like religion, health, education and extracurricular activities. Courts typically grant joint legal custody unless there are abuse issues or the parents are unable to work together.
Making Decisions For Your Children
Child custody cases can become emotional quickly. Changes to your family life and dealing with new living arrangements only add stress to an already combustible situation. The key is to control your emotions and keep the best interests of your children in mind. The experienced child custody lawyers at Vaughn & Clements, P.C. can help guide you through your child custody hearing. We will make sure that your best interests are understood and considered so you can focus on the welfare of your children.