Experienced Advocacy For Child Custody And Support Issues
A divorce or separation is a trying time. These situations can be doubly difficult when children are involved. Child custody and support issues are often contentious matters, and without effective legal assistance, you may find yourself in an impractical arrangement.
Working with an experienced family law attorney can give you a valuable advantage. At Cook & Tolley, LLP, our attorneys help parents in the Athens community as they navigate the complexities of child custody and support issues. We always aim to reach a fair and favorable outcome, and we understand that your children’s best interests are a top priority.
Understanding The Different Types Of Custody
Your child custody arrangement can depend heavily on your personal circumstances. Your relationship with your child, their age and your living situation are just some factors that are considered when a judge determines custody.
The state of Georgia recognizes two forms of child custody:
- Legal custody: This form of custody allows a parent to make important life decisions for their child. These decisions can include medical care, schooling and more.
- Physical custody: This form of custody dictates which parent a child will live with.
Georgia does permit a parent to have both joint physical and legal custody. If it suits the child, you and the other parent may find it easier to share these responsibilities. Should you be unable to amicably arrive at an arrangement, our attorneys are willing to take the matter to court on your behalf.
How Is Child Support Calculated?
When two parents separate, state law requires that the noncustodial parent provide monetary support for their child. This money is to serve the child’s basic needs and well-being. A judge will calculate child support payments based on the annual income of both parents, while also looking at the larger financial picture.
If you feel that your current child support arrangement is unfair, a family law attorney can help. Legal counsel can often give you a better pathway to a successful child support modification. Our firm has more than 50 years of legal experience, and we are ready to assist you.
Find Out How Our Firm Can Help You
Our firm can answer your family law questions. Use our online submission form to schedule a consultation, or call us at 706-549-6111 today.
Practicing attorney: Spencer Tolley