At Salata Law, in Alpharetta, we have seen many custody battles between divorcing couples, and they are not pretty. When the shouting starts and the listening stops, it is not the parents who are hurt; it is the kids. We understand the complicated issues that our clients deal with on a day-to-day basis. We can and want to help you through this most difficult process.

Types of Child Custody

Georgia has two primary types of child custody: physical and legal. Usually, the child lives with the parent designated as the primary physical custodian more than 51 percent of the time. The secondary physical custodian parent usually has parenting time less than 50 percent of the time. In a joint legal custody situation, the parents share legal and physical responsibility for the child. The parents make decisions together about schools, medical care and religious upbringing. Ultimately, all custody decisions are made with your child’s best interests in mind. Once established, child custody orders can be modified in some circumstances.

Preserve Your Visitation Rights

Visitation is generally granted to the noncustodial parent to make sure the child will have a good relationship with him or her. If you are the noncustodial parent, we work to ensure that you get the most time possible with your child so that your relationship can continue. Hiring an experienced child custody and visitation lawyer is the best way to protect your parental rights.

How Do Custody Modifications Work?

When life’s circumstances change, a child custody modification may be required to suit the child’s best interests and those of the parents, too. Modifications can involve joint or sole custody, temporary and permanent custody, and physical and/or legal custody. At the law offices of Salata Law, we have experience dealing with all types of custody arrangements. We find that at times, split custody is the best arrangement. A rise in unmarried custody disputes has led to an increase in the need for our legal services as well. Our law firm has the right combination of experience, knowledge, and diplomacy to help you navigate the ins and outs of child custody modifications in Fulton County and the Greater Atlanta area.

Situational Child Custody Modifications

Whether you find your child custody agreement changing because of remarriage, relocation, the relationship with a stepparent or simply a change in income, we can help you weigh your options and decide on a favorable plan. Modifying child custody does not have to be difficult, but having the right legal representation is essential. Our Fulton County family law firm is skilled at balancing the child’s best interest with a parent’s desire for child custody modifications, and we have had years of experience fighting cases just like yours. Details like gender, current relationships and even siblings all come into play when child custody is changed — we know the right questions to ask.