Atlanta Joint Legal Custody Attorney
If you are going through a divorce, and are interested in establishing joint legal custody, or have questions about custody of your child, contact the Atlanta child custody lawyers of Kessler & Solomiany, LLC at (404) 688-8810 today. Divorce is emotionally, physically, and mentally exhausting, and is made more complicated if you have a child with your former partner. Child custody agreements can be difficult to arrange. In the coming months you will be confronted with challenging, uncomfortable questions. While keeping the best interests of your child at the forefront of your minds, you and your partner must decide who will have the right and responsibility to make which major life decisions for your child, called legal custody. Having a lawyer on your side to walk you through the often convoluted process of divorce and child custody arrangement is invaluable. At Kessler & Solomiany, LLC, we are dedicated to helping families find the best arrangements for them. To learn more about what we can do for you, contact us today at (404) 688-8810.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Child custody arrangements are difficult to develop. Your main ally in securing your child’s best interests is an experienced child custody attorney. A lawyer will keep you organized, and guide you step-by-step through the series of decisions you will make in the chaotic period ahead. Specifically, a lawyer will build your case for what custody arrangement you believe to be best, ensure that all agreements are legally binding, and if necessary, will clearly present arguments for why joint legal custody is in the best interests of your child. Furthermore, when taking your case to a child custody judge, a lawyer will lead in the courtroom. Most people don’t have experience in the courtroom, so the environment is quite intimidating. It is necessary, especially when the lifestyle of a child is at stake, to maintain a clear and calm head during the proceedings. Experienced lawyers are comfortable in the courtroom and will know how to achieve the best possible arrangement for you and your child. Even if you and your partner are attempting to come to an agreement on your own outside of the courtroom, having a lawyer to ensure that you have taken everything into consideration and that the agreement you craft is legally-binding is invaluable.
Why Choose Kessler & Solomiany, LLC?
Your child’s happiness and comfort is your number one priority, and at Kessler & Solomiany, LLC we will make it ours. Each of our lawyers has years of experience, a great depth of knowledge, and excellent legal advice to provide you. We understand the unique challenges you face during this time, and will work hard to alleviate your stress and anxiety, leading with compassion and warmth. However, when it comes to the life of your child, our team will fight for their best interests and we won’t back down until the best possible custody arrangement has been crafted. Our skills and success has won us numerous awards over the years, so you can rest assured that your case and your future are in good hands with us.
What Do I Need to Know About Joint Legal Custody?
There are two main types of custody: legal and physical. Physical custody denotes what parent the child resides with, and gives the parent with physical custody the power to decide the day-to-day activities of the child, like meals and bedtime. Legal custody denotes which parent has the right and responsibility to make long-term or “bigger” decisions about the child’s life. These decisions include the religious education of the child, the school the child attends, health and dental care, and extracurricular activities. Parents who don’t have joint physical custody can still have joint legal custody and vice versa.
The “joint” part of joint legal custody indicates that both parents of the child are responsible for making these big decisions. Joint legal custody can be difficult for some former couples because the partners must collaborate with one another as if they were still married. However, joint legal custody comes with many benefits. Co-parenting allows both parents to have a say in how their child is raised and can demonstrate conflict resolution and compromise for children. However, the disagreements that are likely to occur due to the collaboration can make joint legal custody impossible for a divorced couple.
Joint legal custody can also be broken down further, with different rights and duties being allocated in different ways to each parent. For example, both parents might have the ability to make more minor decisions, like taking a child to the dentist, without consulting with the other, while one parent has the final say in all major decisions, like religious upbringing. A lawyer can help you and your former partner allocate all of the different rights and duties of parenting in a legally-binding way in your custody agreement.
If you are considering a joint legal custody arrangement, you will want to discuss the decision with a lawyer to ensure it is what’s best for your child and your family. A lawyer can ensure that you have considered all the implications of this agreement, and that the agreement you come to is legally sound. Contact the child custody lawyers from Kessler & Solomiany, LLC today for help creating a joint custody agreement in Atlanta.