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Living conditions in Georgia can interfere with child custody

Each case is different, but when judges in the U.S. must make decisions regarding child custody and visitation disputes, they will often take into account a parent's living conditions. Children have certain essential rights, which need to be respected and attended to no matter who has custody or visitation rights.

One of the most important things any judge will want to know is if a child will be safe. For instance, if a parent lives in a neighborhood that is overrun with crime, a judge may consider the best interests of the child when determining whether a child can have overnight visits with a non-custodial parent.

The total number of children living in or visiting a home and how much space is allotted for each child may also be a factor. A judge might want to know if each child has their own bed or whether they will be sharing a room. Younger children typically need less space than a teenager, and older kids usually need more privacy. The court may also want to understand the sleeping arrangements of everyone in the household.

Since each situation is distinct, the judge will look at the whole picture. It is the court's job to determine whether parenting time and honoring visitation rights are more important than a child sleeping on a couch. Each parent may also have different financial circumstances, and judges generally take many things into consideration.

Child custody disputes may be handled by an attorney who understands the family laws of the state. An attorney might offer help with child custody agreement modifications and, if need be, assist parents who need the court's help with enforcing a child custody order. Establishing grandparents' rights is another area where an attorney who is adept at family law may be helpful.

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