Without a doubt, one of the most difficult parts of any divorce or separation is the fight for custody of your children. You want the best for your child’s future. Unfortunately, many times what you think is best is not in line with what your ex thinks is best. This can put you front and center for a serious and exhausting child custody dispute.
Factors the Savannah Courts Look at in Child Custody Disputes
The best way to prepare yourself for the child custody battle ahead is to understand what the courts will look at when deciding who gets custody, and how visitation rights are awarded. In Georgia, your child’s physical, mental, and moral welfare will be the top considerations when determining how custody is given.
Here are some of the top factors to take into consideration when planning your case.
- Parental Misconduct – If the other parent has ever engaged in any type of harmful misconduct against your children, the court needs to hear about it. This includes physical and emotional harm. By exposing this in court, you could gain full custody of your children.
- Stability – An important factor when it comes to being a parent is your ability to provide a stable home for your children. If the other parent cannot do this because of mental or physical instability, such as addiction or regular job changes, his or her custody rights may be limited.
- Separation of Siblings – It is rare that a judge will allow siblings to be separated. Still, in some family situations it makes sense. If you or the other parent is trying to separate the siblings, you must put together a good case for doing so.
- Child’s Preference – Sometimes the children are asked who they prefer to live with and why. This can be very difficult on your children, as they might feel forced to choose between both parents. Their answers can have a profound impact on your case, but because of the emotional toll it can take on the kids, many judges only use this as a last resort.
- Changes of Circumstances – Long distance moves, changes in relationships, job changes, and more can all yield a change of custody rights. If the other parent has undergone a major change of circumstances, you may need to bring this up in court when determining where your children live.
Putting Your Child’s Best Interest First
There is a lot that goes into your child custody dispute. To protect your family, your children’s future, and get the best resolution in your case, it is important that you have a Savannah family attorney on your side.
With guidance from an attorney at Duffy & Feemster, we put the law to work for you in your battle, making it easier on you and your children. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you during your fight for your family’s future.