Adoption establishes a permanent legal bond between adopting parents and a child, severing all ties with biological parents. Once the adoption process is complete, the adoptive family assumes the same legal rights and responsibilities as if the child were their biological offspring. The court’s primary consideration is always the child’s well-being, aiming to create a stable, loving, and permanent family environment. If you want to learn more about stepparent adoption, click here.
Divorce can be a painful and traumatic experience for some, while others manage to navigate it amicably. At our firm, we represent spouses in both situations. Although divorces often commence with high conflict, over time, parties often realize that compromise serves everyone’s best interests. Whether through negotiation, mediation, or litigation, we stand by our clients every step of the way, ensuring their rights are protected as they embark on a new chapter in their lives. To understand the do’s and don’ts of high asset divorce, read more here.
Child custody cases involve parents, whether they are married, divorced, or were never married. As parents, we naturally prioritize our children’s welfare, often leading to conflicting opinions on their upbringing. In the absence of an agreement, the court determines custody arrangements based on the child’s best interests. Typically, this means shared legal custody (both parents making important decisions regarding education and healthcare) with one parent having primary physical custody (the child residing with them most of the time).
Both parents have a legal obligation to financially support their children. According to Georgia law, child support payments are determined by guidelines. These guidelines consider the combined income of both parents to establish a presumptive amount. Each parent’s responsibility is then calculated based on their income ratio. The non-custodial parent pays their share directly to the custodial parent. Child support may cover expenses such as daycare, medical care, health insurance, education, and extracurricular activities.
In certain situations, grandparents may seek court intervention to secure visitation rights with their grandchildren. They can file a petition for visitation or join existing divorce, custody, visitation, or termination of parental rights cases. However, when both parents are married, grandparents may not petition for visitation rights.
To succeed in a visitation case, grandparents must clearly and convincingly prove:
- The child would suffer harm without their visitation.
- Visitation is in the child’s best interests.
The court may find that harm would occur if the child had lived with the grandparent for over six months, if the grandparent provided financial support for at least one year, if there was a consistent pattern of visits between the child and grandparent, or if other circumstances indicate potential emotional or physical harm.
During the divorce process or disputes over child custody, couples may face the serious issue of domestic violence. At our firm, we advocate for the rights of victims while also ensuring the legal rights of those accused of domestic violence are protected. Under Georgia law, the court can issue restraining orders, limiting contact between the abuser and the victim. Temporary child custody, financial support, and other necessary assistance can also be granted to the victim.
When you choose Garrity Traina for your family law matters, we dedicate ourselves to defending your rights, protecting your interests, and safeguarding the well-being of your children. Our professional and personalized service is designed to address your concerns and provide the guidance you need during difficult times. If you require assistance with a family law issue in Georgia, please call our Macon office at 478-476-9110 or fill out our online contact form. We are here to support you.