Representing Clients Through Child Custody And Parenting Plan Matters

"Your children are the most important people in your life and there's nothing you wouldn't do for them, right? I understand exactly how you feel because I am also a single parent to two young children." — Lawyer Ed Hecht

One of the most important things you can do for your children right now is to speak with an experienced Georgia attorney about your rights as a single parent. There are many forms of custody that must be evaluated so we can determine what is most appropriate for your situation.

There are different considerations when it comes to custody.

  • Sole custody
  • Joint custody
  • Legal custody
  • Physical custody

We will take the time to educate you and guide you toward pursuing the proper form of custody for you and your children. Old-school standard custody arrangements are falling by the wayside in light of today's changing parenting involvement and flexible work-life schedules.

Two Types Of Custody: Physical And Legal

When the parents of a minor child divorce (or end a relationship if not married), there are two types of custody the parents must address in their parenting plan: legal and physical.

There are many variations of custody that the court may order or that the parties may agree to on their own. It is common for the court to order evenly split legal custody (50/50), but not equal physical custody. Depending on the unique facts of each case, however, the court may find that it is in the child(ren)'s best interest to have equal time with both parents. The physical custody arrangement also will have an effect on the amount of child support that is exchanged.

The parents can either work with each other to prepare a parenting plan for the court or each parent can present the court with a parenting plan draft and let the court decide custody arrangements. If the parents know what kind of physical and legal custody arrangement they want and just need a little help to work out the details, working together with their child custody attorneys (and perhaps using the services of a mediator to help negotiate differences) is the best option because the parents determine the arrangement that the court will most likely accept. The courts usually encourage the parties to work together and will respect their preferred agreement.

Schedule a consultation at the Alpharetta office of Hecht Family Law by calling or emailing our firm.