Helping You Do What Is Best For Your Children
Custody decisions in Georgia are decided by the judge when parties are unable to agree. It is never advisable for parties to place such a vital and precious decision in the hands of a judge who would much rather not issue an order on delicate and personal matters. With extensive family law experience, The Barnette Law Firm, LLC, is equipped with the knowledge and expertise to advocate on your behalf.
Whenever you place custody decisions in the judges’ hands, other professionals participate throughout the process including guardians ad litem, child psychologists and school social workers. They are expected to testify truthfully regarding any observations they may have made while in your child’s presence or the validity of reports they have written concerning your child.
How Do Courts Make Custody Decisions?
Whether the court makes the child custody decision or you and the other parent reach an agreement concerning custody, obviously, you must do what is in the child’s best interest. So does the court. In making its custody determination, the judge may consider the following factors:
- The relationship of each parent with the child
- The relationship of the child with their siblings, half-siblings or step-siblings
- Each parent’s ability to care for the child
- The stability of the family unit of each of the parents and their respective support systems within the community
- The mental and physical abilities of each parent
- Each parent’s contribution to raising and caring for the child
- The educational, medical, social and other needs of the child
- The parents’ willingness to co-parent with each other
- The presence of domestic violence, substance abuse or serious mental illness
For child custody matters concerning two or more states, we are well-versed in the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. For initial child custody proceedings, we can help you effectively and efficiently by preparing out-of-state witnesses for any hearing or trial. For modification of child custody orders entered in another state, we know the intricacies associated with the registration, enforcement and contesting of an out-of-state order.
Bringing Children Home After International Abduction
Under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects on International Child Abduction or Hague Abduction Convention, we represent parents with the safe return of their children following an abduction to a foreign nation by the other parent. As skilled family law attorneys, we ensure that both the United States and the foreign nation have ratified and are signatories to the treaty under which we seek the safe return of your child. We also seek the assistance of local counsel in the foreign nation in an effort to comply with their specific laws.
Discuss Your Child’s Best Interests With A Lawyer
Attorney Kedra M. Gotel of The Barnette Law Firm, LLC, can help you with the issues you face regarding child custody and visitation. From her office in Atlanta, she serves clients throughout the surrounding counties. Schedule a free initial 30-minute consultation about your problem by calling 470-567-9635 or using her online contact form.