Georgia Divorce Fathers' Rights
Fathers often feel like they are short changed in a divorce when it comes to family issues such as child custody, child support and visitation. However, this does not have to be the case. When it comes to child custody, Georgia law does not favor the mother over the father—both parents have an equal shot at being awarded physical custody. The issue of child custody is based upon the best interests of the children, and custody is typically awarded to the parent who is the primary caregiver of the children.
Physical Custody and Visitation
Because physical custody is usually awarded to the parent who is the primary caregiver, physical custody is most often awarded to the mother with certain exceptions. For example, if the mother is abusive to the children, unstable or has a substance abuse problem, physical custody will likely be awarded to the father even if the mother has always been the primary caregiver. When it comes to custody, the test is always the best interests of the children, and courts typically seek to place children in a stable environment where their needs will be best met.
Since the father is typically the non-custodial parent, visitation is an especially important issue. The Zdrilich Law Group can advocate for a generous visitation schedule that will give you the time you need to maintain a healthy relationship with your children while not disrupting their school and extracurricular schedule.
Paternity and Legitimation
If you’ve had a child out of wedlock, you will have to establish paternity before you’re able to seek custody or be awarded visitation with your child. The Zdrilich Law Group can help file a legitimation action that will establish your parental status and parental rights. The issue of paternity can also arise when you’re defending against an action for child support based upon the belief that you are not the biological father of the child. We can also help in this instance.
Hiring an Attorney
Fathers have important parental rights that require vigorous protection. Contact The Zdrilich Law Group today for a consultation or fill out our online form now for an analysis of your case.