When parents divorce in the state of Georgia, a judge will decide on how the couples will share custody of the child/children involved. Sometimes parents can decide themselves, which requires a judge to still sign off on the arrangement. When these decisions are made, they’ll be based on the best interests of the children.
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In any divorce where children are involved, calculating an appropriate child support payment is a vital part of the process. It is quite a balancing act to make sure that the payment is large enough to adequately meet the needs of the children, but also not so burdensome that it creates severe hardship for the parent making the payment. Family Matters Law Group assists our clients with numerous issues related to child support. 

Whether you are making the initial child support calculation in your divorce proceeding, or you are seeking relief and/or modification of an existing support agreement, our office can help. While it may seem straightforward, many child support agreements are complicated by such factors as a parent who is self-employed, a child with special needs, or parents who are unemployed. Family Matters Law Group is prepared to assist in any situation, no matter how complex.


The custody laws in Georgia are focused on the best interests of the child. The judge involved must focus on this when making any custody decisions. There are several factors that the judge will consider, including:

  • The home environment of each parent.
  • The mental and physical health of each parent.
  • The emotional ties the child has to each parent.
  • The ability of the parents to provide the child with adequate medical care, food, and clothing.
  • Sibling relationships, including step-siblings and half-siblings that will be in each parents’ home.
  • History of sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect by either of the parents.
  • Any history of criminal charges, substance abuse, and the stability of each parent.
  • The willingness of the parent to maintain a relationship with the other parent.
  • Each parent’s involvement in the schooling, extra-curricular activities, and social needs of the child.

These factors are considered when determining child custody, placement, and visitation schedules to come up with the best fit for the child.

Modifying Child Support

Can the child express a preference?

At the age of 11, Georgia law allows the child to express their preference of which parent they wish to live with physically. While their choice won’t control the judge’s decision, the judge will weigh the option with the factors above when determining a custody arrangement. The judge will then design a schedule that best suits the child’s needs with this in mind. A child custody lawyer can help make this process smoother by providing information and advocating for their client to help a judge reach a fair decision.


Now that you have taken the time to educate yourself on who we are, it’s time to focus on how to move forward in your case. Contact us via phone or the contact form to schedule your comprehensive one-hour consultation. Be sure to have available, all relevant information and details about your case when you contact Family Matters Law Group so that we can provide you with an exceptionally personalized experience.