Maintaining your relationship with your children after the end of your marriage is a critical issue for any parent. Equally important is the successful negotiation of custody and visitation agreements that fully recognize your goals for this new phase of your family’s life and integrates them with the goals of your ex-spouse can be a difficult feat in some situations.
Young Law Firm, LLC in Marietta, Georgia, offers skilled legal representation to help you secure your rights as a parent. Our child custody attorney Diana Whipkey Young has decades of experience helping families preserve the parent-child bond after divorce.
The court may order many different variations of custody, or on their own, the parties involved may agree on one.
Legal and physical: Two types of custody
Child custody has two components that need to be determined:
- Legal Custody: The right to make decisions regarding religion, education, and healthcare and extracurricular activities.
- Physical custody: Establishing where the child lives.
Both types of custody can be divided in a number of ways. Parents may be granted primary, joint or sole physical custody. Parents may be granted joint or sole legal custody.
The court may order many different variations of custody, or on their own, the parties involved may agree on one. Evenly split legal custody (50/50), but not equal physical custody, is common for the court to order. By the same token the court may decide that equal time with both parents is what is best in the interest of the child. In addition, the physical custody agreement decided upon may affect the amount of child support exchanged.
A parenting plan
Both parents can prepare a plan for the court by working together. In addition, each parent also had the option to draft their own plan. The court will reach a decision on the custody arrangements. Should both parents be aware what sort of legal and physical arrangements they would like, and simply need some assistance working out the details of the arrangement, the very best option could be working together with attorneys to get the job done. This will typically allow the parents to forge an arrangement acceptable to the court. Courts typically respect the agreement arrived upon by parents working together in the interest of the children.
How relocation affects child custody and visitation
If a parent is considering moving far enough away that the move will have an impact on the current custody and visitation arrangement, the other parent can object to the move in court and ask that custody be changed. What happens if one parent is not in favor of the move? The parent can schedule a hearing before the court to secure a ruling and amend custody and visitation agreement.
Please contact child custody attorney Diana Whipkey Young who is available at 770-615-7248. We offer free initial consultation. Furthermore, you can also take advantage of the “Contact Us” form on this page’s left-hand side, which you can fill out and submit, so we may then discuss your case. Whether your case falls under:
- Family law,
- Child custody,
- Or parenting plan issues
We are anxious to help you in the preparation of a custody arrangement Plan that will be in the best interest of your child or children, and best fulfill their needs. For effective legal representation regarding child custody and visitation issues, call 770-615-7248 or contact us online to set up your initial consultation with attorney Diana Whipkey Young. For our clients’ convenience, we accept all major credit cards.