contact Menu
The Law Offices of Abbott & Abbott, P.C.
Get Answers. Call For A Consultation.

Factors judges consider when determining custody

Couples in the South are more likely to divorce than married couples elsewhere in the country. A report by CNN stated that part of this could be due to the fact couples in the South, which includes states like Georgia, Kentucky and Alabama, are more likely to marry at a younger age, which increases a couple's risk of divorce.

Arguably the most important determining factor in a divorce is child custody. In the event a couple cannot determine child custody on their own amicably, then a judge will intervene. In most cases, there are common factors judges use to determine who the child will live with. 

Well-being of the child

At the end of the day, everyone simply wants what is best for the child. Therefore, a judge will determine how capable each parent is at raising the child independently. This includes the bond and affection each parent seems to have with the child. If there are several children involved, then a judge will need to consider what is best for all of them as a group, which usually involves keeping all the kids together. A judge will also work to keep a child's life relatively the same. That may involve giving more time to the parent who is closest to the child's school so relocation does not need to take place. 

Adults' parenting plans

Georgia courts require both parties in a divorce to submit a parenting plan. These will likely not be the same, but each parent should submit a plan of what she or he would like in terms of custody. The judge will take these plans into consideration to figure out what a child's needs are. The parties can also submit these plans during a live hearing where both parents explain their plans. In some cases, if the child is old enough, he or she can offer an opinion as to whom should be the primary guardian. 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email To Hear From UsEmail To Hear From Us

Get Proactive, Committed Divorce Representation.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy