The question of child custody arises in divorces and as a standalone issue for parents who were never married. No matter the situation that has led a parent to confront the issues of child custody, parents generally want the same thing: to protect their relationship with their child or children. The courts understand that, but have their own objective: to serve the best interests of the children.
An effective Atlanta family law attorney creates a strategy that achieves the parent’s goals by showing the court how those goals actually serve the best interests of the child. Secure the representation of an attorney who you can trust to truly help when so much is depending on the choices you make.
Dedicated To Providing Caring And Effective Family Law Representation
At the Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines, we understand how important it is for parents to maintain their relationship with their child. There is no stronger bond than that between parent and child. We work to ensure that the best possible resolution is achieved for our clients. We will use our extensive experience and our knowledge of the local courts to help you preserve the quality of the relationship you have with your child.
When a cooperative parenting plan is needed, as a result of divorce, or a heated custody dispute is occurring, the law offices of Matthew C. Hines can offer compassionate representation in a skilled and professional manner.
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Aspects of Child Custody
Custody is the term used to describe the legal guardian of a child, usually appointed by a family court judge. In the state of Georgia there are two forms of custody. Legal custody refers to the ability to make decisions related to the child’s care and upbringing, such as church attendance, school enrollment, and health care.
Physical custody refers to the guardian whom the child lives with. One parent may have physical custody, while the other has a planned visitation schedule with the child. Parents may share legal and/or physical custody, so that the child lives with each parent an equal amount of time or for a length of time that is agreed upon by each parent.
What is the Best Interest of the Child
Family courts in Georgia typically consider what is best for the child, when making decisions about legal and physical custody. They may consider which parent or guardian can provide the most stable environment. Some of the issues the courts will consider are:
- The ability of each parent to provide the psychological, physical, and development needs of the child, given the child’s age and ability to function.
- The ability of both parents to communicate effectively.
- Prior history of parenting ability.
- Child’s safety
- Child’s preference
- Any existing custody arrangements
- Any history of physical abuse or substance abuse
- Any disputes related to custody
The law offices of Matthew C. Hines will represent the best interests of each guardian they serve, in custody matters. Professional lawyers will make sure the child is not put in the middle of the dispute. Attorney Matthew C. Hines is dedicated to giving each client the best possible service and achieving the best outcome possible for the situation. His offices handle child custody cases that include:
- legal or temporary custody
- child support and support modification
- grandparent custody and visitation rights
- interstate cases under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act
- adoption services
Contact An Atlanta, Austell and Gwinnett County Visitation Attorney At The Law Offices Of Matthew C. Hines
When you are facing the question of child custody and visitation, you need to know that your attorney will be committed to helping you and that he or she has the skills and experience needed to help you secure the best possible outcome to your situation. Turn to the family law attorneys of the Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our child custody attorneys, call (770) 941-0913 or contact us on-line.