Skilled Representation For Your Child Custody Case
As a parent, there may be nothing more important to you than your children. At Margaret Gettle Washburn, P.C., in Lawrenceville, Georgia, 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 aim 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. Make an appointment with our skilled team today by calling 770-676-1191.
We have extensive experience in negotiation and in contested trials. We are driven and determined to achieve positive results for our clients and their children.
What Factors Determine The Outcome Of A Custody Dispute?
Georgia determines child custody and visitation based upon the best interests of the child. However, parents, lawyers, judges and others may disagree about what is best for the child.
When you draft a child custody agreement, 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, remember that the family law court may be influenced by your behavior and even your display of character during this incredibly emotional time. Aggressive or irrational behavior can be detrimental to your case.