Margaret Gettle Washburn, P.C.
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Preparing for a child custody dispute

Going through a child custody dispute can be a difficult and stressful experience for many Georgia parents, especially if they do not know what to expect when they head to court. However, the experience may be less stressful if they go into the dispute with a solid plan of action.

When a custody dispute arises, parents may face a long battle and expensive attorneys fees, especially if one or both parents are seeking sole custody. Further, the decision of who will end up with sole custody will be solely the judge's. As such, parents should at least attempt to work together to come to an agreement that benefits everyone. Coming to an agreement on a parenting plan is also often advised, as the parenting plan will determine when the noncustodial parent will get to see their child.

If parents cannot agree and a judge must make the decision regarding who gets custody, there are several factors that are taken into consideration. Courts often make decisions based on who they consider to be the better parent. Parents who are seeking primary custody should also demonstrate proper court etiquette when in front of the judge and show that they are dedicated to communicating with the other parent.

Georgia courts determine which parent gets custody of the child based on what is in the best interests of the child. If a parent is seeking primary custody and cannot reach an agreement with the other parent, a family law attorney may assist with the dispute. The attorney may help the parent gather documentation that shows that the parent has been the primary caregiver of the child. Evidence of domestic violence or addiction may also be used to show the court that the other parent is incapable of properly caring for the child.

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Margaret Gettle Washburn, P.C.
4799 Sugarloaf Pkwy
Building J
Lawrenceville, GA 30044

Phone: 770-676-1191
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