What a Child’s Best Interest Means in Custody Cases

Mother and son

If parents are unable to agree on custody arrangements, the decision will be made by a judge. Child custody is a sensitive subject matter that often comes with heavy emotions, which can lead to a courtroom battle. As a parent, going through a family law matter involving children can be one of life’s most challenging experiences.

Our goal at Warner Bates is to support parents and families through those difficult moments and provide them with the most effective legal counsel. To ensure that you are best prepared, we are breaking down Georgia’s child custody laws.

Best Interest of the Child Standard

When judges decide on which parent will have legal custody, physical custody, and visitation rights they will look at what is in the best interest of the child.

To determine what’s in the best interest of the child, judges will look at the following factors:

  • The relationship between each parent and the child;

  • The home environment of each parent;

  • Each parent’s ability to love and care for the child;

  • Each parent’s capacity to provide food, clothing, medical care, and other necessary basic care;

  • Each parent’s involvement with the child’s education, social and extracurricular activities;

  • The willingness of each parent to maintain a relationship between the child and non-custodial parent, consistent with the best interest of the child;

  • The mental and physical health of each parent;

  • Any evidence of violence, physical abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect by either parent; and

  • Any history of substance abuse by either parent;

Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list. Each custody case is unique, which is why it’s critical to consult a skilled family lawyer.

Dealing with a child custody issue is never easy, but we’re here to ensure that you get the very best legal representation. Warner Bates is a top-rated family law firm focused on what is best for your family and child.

Reach out to our Georgia child custody lawyers today at (770) 766-8148 to schedule a consultation!