Child Support & Custody
Macon Child Support & Custody Lawyer
Also Serving Parents in Warner Robins & Throughout Central Georgia
Child-related issues in a divorce or between unmarried parents can be contentious and difficult. Each party may feel he or she is the better parent in custody matters or may disagree on what is fair in child support. When unable to agree, you and your spouse or co-parent may have to compromise through negotiation or mediation efforts to remain in control of these decisions. Where you cannot, the issues will need to proceed to court where a judge will decide. Either way, however, child-related issues must be decided according to the best interests of the child based on legal standards.
If you are involved in a divorce or need legal help resolving custody or support as an unmarried parent or in a post-divorce situation, The Law Office of Kyle Krejci can help. Kyle has been practicing Georgia family law since 2010 and has represented countless parents in both child support and custody cases. He brings both experience and personalized care and attention to your child-related issues. His priority is to help you reach an optimum outcome that will be workable both now and into the future to make co-parenting easier and more predictable for everyone.
Child Custody in Georgia
Child custody in Georgia is broken down into two categories:
- Physical custody. This involves with whom the child will live.
- Legal custody. This involves a parent’s right to make major decisions about the child’s life, such as in education, healthcare, religion, and more.
Georgia courts decide custody based on the child’s best interests and courts generally prefer that children maintain a continuing and meaningful relationship with both parents. Thus, unless safety concerns exist, joint custody is a common arrangement. This arrangement may or may not be evenly divided, depending on the unique circumstances of the family dynamics, such as the proximity of households, school and daycare considerations, parental work schedules, and more.
Custody arrangements are generally outlined in parenting plans that detail the time schedules and arrangements between parents in raising their children. These plans can be worked out by agreement between parents. Where parents cannot agree, the courts will decide.
While custody resolutions usually work for the parents at the time of the divorce and immediately after, no guarantee exists that it will continue to be practicable in the months and years to come. Divorced parents change residences, lose jobs, gain promotions, fall ill, and generally go through life just like everyone else. It would be unrealistic to expect every divorce decree to retain its workability throughout the many years that it is likely to be in effect.
Because of this, Georgia law allows modification actions to be brought. Either parent may petition the court for adjustments to child support obligations, visitation schedules, or custody arrangements. These adjustments allow support and custody plans to continue to adequately reflect the circumstances of the parents and the needs of the child or children.
Child support obligations are based on statutory guidelines that take into account both parents’ incomes, the number of children being supported, and other factors. This formula then produces a support payment that courts will presume to be accurate. However, deviations from the computed amount can occur based on the circumstances of your case. This means courts can raise or lower the support payment to justify your situation as long as it conforms with the best interests of the child.
Macon child support lawyer Kyle Krejci can assist you in correctly applying the guidelines as well as in requesting the court to deviate from them to accommodate your unique needs. He can help you by preparing your case with evidence and presenting it to the court.
You and your child’s other parent may also create an agreement on child support that does not conform with the guidelines. However, it will still need to be approved by the court.
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