Experienced Georgia Lawyer Advises Parents on Child Custody Issues
Newnan attorney works to establish fair terms for residence and visitation
Divorcing parents of minor children have a legal and moral duty to provide a healthy environment for their sons and daughters. Establishing appropriate custody terms can be a difficult process, but the Law Office of S. Mark Mitchell, LLC provides comprehensive legal support for Georgia mothers and fathers in custody cases. From my office in Newnan, I make a detailed review of each client’s situation to identify what arrangements best meet the child’s specific needs. It is important for parents to work together; suitable agreements can be often reached regarding residence and legal authority. When parents cannot agree, however, I prepare a thorough argument to the court in support of an appropriate order.
Accomplished family law firm pursues results that help children thrive
As an experienced divorce attorney, I help clients submit parenting plans that cover issues such as where the child will live and how holidays will be handled. If both parties agree with the terms, they will likely be confirmed by the judge. If not, judges will make their own determinations based on what the court believes to be in the best interests of the child. My firm provides detailed advice on issues such as:
- Physical custody — I work with parents who opt to share physical custody to prepare a time schedule that indicates when the child will be at each residence. If sole custody is sought, then I can help you to establish appropriate visitation terms.
- Legal custody — Authority for legal decisions is usually granted jointly to parents. However, if you have a concern about your partner’s ability to handle these matters, my firm can seek sole legal custody for you.
- Factors considered by Georgia courts — Georgia law does not favor mothers or fathers when issuing child custody orders. When making their determination, judges can consider any information they believe to be pertinent. Factors usually include the respective home environments and each parent’s ability to meet the child’s physical, emotional and educational needs.
During a free initial consultation, I take the time necessary to understand what you and your child need to thrive as you start a new chapter in your lives.
Knowledgeable advocate handles child support arrangements
Whether parents are divorcing or were never married, noncustodial parents are required to provide child support payments. The Georgia payment rate is based on the parents’ income and the child’s health insurance costs, daycare costs, if any, and other similar factors. While this seems straightforward, as a seasoned family lawyer, I help you identify misinformation that can lead to an unfair order, and work with you to gather the information necessary to prepare an accurate child support worksheet. My firm also advocates strongly when payment rates need to be enforced or modified.
Contact a skilled Georgia child custody lawyer for a free initial consultation
The Law Office of S. Mark Mitchell, LLC represents Georgia clients in child custody disputes and other family law matters. Please call 470-344-8550 or contact me online to schedule a free initial consultation at my Newnan office.