Experienced Child Custody Lawyer Serving Marietta
Fighting to preserve your bond with your children in Cherokee and Cobb counties
In my years as a member of the Marietta community, I’ve seen more parents distraught about child custody than about any other aspect of divorce and family law. Naturally, you will be worried about whether your relationship with your child will change or how your divorce will affect your child’s well-being, self-confidence and emotional stability. I will help you settle issues of paternity, joint custody, fathers’ rights, grandparents’ rights, visitation and modifications to your existing agreement. Most importantly, I will use my experience of child custody laws to craft the very best arrangement possible for you and your child.
How do I prepare for a child custody case?
The state of Georgia requires that the parents or partners draw up a parenting plan to serve as an outline for the judge to consider. As a child custody attorney, I can help draw up a plan that includes the necessary details, including:
- A parenting time schedule that describes which parent the child will stay with during each day of the year
- An agreement about how the child will spend holidays
- A transportation agreement designating pickup and drop-off points whenever the child moves between one parent and the other
- An agreement as to how the child may contact one parent when in the other’s custody
The parenting plan may seem simple, but if there is bad blood between the spouses during a divorce, it can very easily become a contentious matter. I have spent years helping divorcing couples create parenting agreements that benefit the needs of the whole family.
What exactly happens during a child custody hearing?
Georgia courts usually operate with the intention of determining what’s best for your child. During the initial hearings, the judge will listen to each parent's perspective to determine what’s best for your child’s health, safety and overall welfare. The court may opt to award either joint or sole custody. In sole custody, the court will likely approve visitation rights to the non-custodial parent. In joint custody, the court allows both parents to share time with the child and make decisions together about the child’s education, medical care and religious upbringing. When your child turns 14, he or she can choose with whom they want to live. The family court can review the arrangement every two years and make modifications as necessary.
Call my Marietta law firm for sound representation in child custody
If you are anticipating a difficult child custody battle, call the Marietta office of the Gleichman Law Firm LLC for an appointment at 678-331-7058 or contact me online. I try to return all calls within 24 hours, and I make home and hospital visits. My hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and weekends by appointment only. My office is located just off I-575. Free initial consultations may be available upon request.