Child Custody FAQ

Few legal proceedings impact your relationship with your children as much as child custody. During this pivotal stage in your life — and theirs — it's normal to have questions. Below are answers to some common questions about child custody.

Will I Lose My Kids?

Georgia law recognizes that children generally benefit from having both parents involved in their lives. Except in special circumstances, child custody is not an all-or-nothing ordeal. However, much depends on your past involvement in their lives. Were you the primary caretaker? Have you shown that you're capable of providing for their needs on a daily basis? These are just a few of the many considerations that go into a child custody determination.

Learn more about steps in the custody process and how to prepare.

How Is Child Custody Decided?

In Georgia — as in all states — custody determinations are based on the best interests of your children. This standard can be complicated to apply. The judge or custody evaluator will look at many factors to make this determination, including:

  • Whether one parent has been the primary caretaker
  • How both parents have been involved in the children's upbringing
  • Your work schedules
  • The ages of your children
  • Their school and extracurricular activities
  • Connections with family and community support networks
  • Any history of substance abuse, hostile parenting or abuse (physical or emotional)
  • Your children's preferences (if they're old enough)

Can I Request More Visitation To Reduce My Child Support Obligations?

While child custody and visitation arrangements are a factor in determining your child support obligation, they aren't the only consideration. A judge ultimately has discretion in deciding whether to reduce child support based on increased visitation time.

Get Answers About Your Situation

Before moving forward, you should always take the time to speak with a lawyer about the details of your situation. At Terri Herron Law in Atlanta, we make it easy to get in touch. Call 404-692-6487 to request your free consultation. Our attorney is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of family law, including child custody.