Skilled Legal Representation For Your Child Custody Case

In Gwinnett County, Georgia, And The Surrounding Areas

As a parent, there may be nothing more important to you than your children. We understand this at the law office of Margaret Gettle Washburn, P.C., in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and we take our responsibilities very seriously when handling child custody and visitation cases.

Whether you need to address child custody as a part of your divorce or you are an unmarried parent who is facing a custody dispute, we are prepared to offer you the unwavering legal support you need.

Our law office is led by Margaret Gettle Washburn, an accomplished attorney with over 35 years of experience. She currently sits as Chief Judge for the city of Sugar Hill.

We have extensive experience and training in negotiation and in contested hearings and trials, before both judges and juries. We are driven and determined to achieve positive results for our clients and their children.

What Factors Determine The Outcome Of A Custody Dispute?

Almost every state, including Georgia, determines child custody and visitation based upon the best interests of the child. Of course, the various adults involved in your case — parents, lawyers, judges and others — may have opposing views of the child's best interests.

When you draft a child custody agreement or attempt to make an argument for child custody, it is important that it aligns with how a court is likely to interpret the child's best interests. Georgia law lists 17 factors the courts should consider in child custody cases, which include:

  • The current and past relationships between the parents and child
  • The child's emotional connection to parents and siblings
  • Each parent's knowledge and understanding of the child's needs
  • Each parent's involvement in the child's nurturing, education and social activities
  • Each parent's ability to care for the child and provide for his or her needs
  • Recommendations by a guardian ad litem or court-appointed custody evaluator
  • Criminal histories of both parents, as well as history of family violence and drug or alcohol abuse
  • The child's preference in some cases, depending on his or her age

If you are preparing for a custody dispute, keep in mind that the family law court may be influenced by your behavior and even your display of character during this incredibly emotional time. Aggressive or emotionally fueled irrational behavior can be detrimental to your case.

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To learn how we can help you with your child custody or visitation case, please call 770-676-1191 or fill out this form to schedule a confidential consultation.