Child Custody, Visitation, and Support:


During a divorce, it is necessary that the children’s best interests are addressed at the same time as the adults. Even when the parents of a child are not married, there are still legal rights that each parent has and legal obligations they have to their child's best interest.


Georgia child custody law revolves around the best interest of your child. The court determines both legal and physical custody of your child. Legal custody provides that parent with the right to make major decisions regarding the child’s welfare. Physical custody is just what it sounds like; it is where the child will stay. Parents can have joint legal and/or joint physical child custody where they share these responsibilities evenly.


Upon divorce where children are involved, Georgia child custody law requires a parenting plan. This plan sets out in great detail what will happen with child custody, visitation, and decision-making authority. This plan ensures not only that the best interests of your child are met, but also allows both parents to have access to a close relationship with their child. Georgia child custody law allows children over the age of 14 to choose which parent to live with, but all of this is subject to approval by the Court.


Child support is money paid for the daily needs of your child. This support is typically paid by the non-custodial parent to the parent with physical child custody. In Georgia, both parents have a duty to financially support their child and support is based on both parent’s total income. There is a child support worksheet supplied by the Court to help determine what the amount should be, but it is always subject to the Court’s decision.


It is important to work with a lawyer during this difficult time to ensure that every detail regarding your child's best interests are address. Having an attorney work with you will less likely lead to disputes over child custody, visitation, or support in the future. Contact the Law Office of Christine M Bechtold in Loganville, Georgia at 770.466.2700 or at to see how attorney Christine M Bechtold can help you.