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Canton Child Custody and Support

Canton GA child custody lawyers keeping the focus on the child

Children need both parents — especially when their parents are divorcing. Family court determines child custody in Georgia based on what it considers to be in the best interests of the child. This requires the participation and cooperation of both parents. When this happens, it is called “joint custody,” and the courts may grant joint legal or physical custody or both to each parent if parents can agree on all issues of their child’s upbringing. If joint custody is not possible, the court may grant one parent both legal and physical custody of the child, called “sole custody.”  Determining what constitutes the best interests of the child includes:

  • The child’s wishes if 14 years old
  • Relationship between parent and child
  • Relationship between child and siblings
  • Parent’s ability to provide for the child
  • Safety of the home environment
  • Mental and physical health of the parents
  • Each parent’s work schedule and flexibility to care for the child
  • Each parent’s willingness to encourage a relationship between the child and co-parent
  • Any domestic violence or abuse
  • Any criminal activities

Our Canton child custody lawyers have 50 combined years of experience representing mothers and fathers seeking custody or modifications to a custody agreement.

Canton child support lawyers guiding you through the child support system

In Georgia, child support is a right of the child even if the parents of the child are not married. The court considers the income of both parents in determining child support. Custody also plays a factor: The parent who does not have primary physical custody of the child usually pays support to the parent who does.

The following factors are taken into consideration when determining child support in Georgia:

  • Income of both parents
  • Number of children
  • Age of the children
  • Special-needs costs of children
  • If children from a different relationship are living in the same house
  • Costs of childcare and extracurricular activities
  • Expenses of both spouses
  • Costs of child’s healthcare
  • Amount of time the noncustodial parent visits the child

The obligation to pay child support cannot be discharged through bankruptcy or unemployment or voluntarily waived by the parent who must pay it. We have 50 combined years of experience representing mothers and fathers seeking to establish, modify or enforce child support.

Why The Law Offices of Edwards & Johnson, LLC?

At The Law Offices of Edwards & Johnson, LLC, our attorneys and staff truly care about what happens to you and your children in a divorce. With flexible hours by appointment and responsive email accessibility during business hours, our firm provides you with the confidence that comes with knowing that someone at the firm is readily available to review and assess your case.

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