I often get questions about who is going to get custody in a divorce case. I often hear "Mom always gets custody!"
Today, that is not necessarily the case. There are at least 17 factors for the court to consider in a custody dispute. If you think you want custody of your child and want some sense of how you might fare, go over the the factors with an attorney and see how a court could view your situation. It is important that you do so as custody cases a often involve additional professionals in addition to your attorney. Psychological professionals, Guardian Ad Litems and education specialists are just a few of the potential a professionals that could be necessary in a custody dispute. Before you file your complaint for custody, evaluate your case in light of the statutory custodial factors and the costs associated with the potentially necessary professionals so that you can determine whether a custody dispute is really appropriate and affordable in your case.
Karen has an MBA from Boston College and received her law degree from Emory. She has an office in Alpharetta and has practiced family law since 1994. She is a Guardian Ad Litem and active Foster Care Advocate with area courts and is also on the Family Law Executive Committee for the State Bar of Georgia. She frequently speaks state wide on family law issues and can be contacted at 770-952-5000.