Child Custody & Support

We are Experienced in Georgia Child Custody & Support

Dealing with issues of Child Custody and Support in a family law matter can be extremely stressful. At the Law Office of Miracle C. Jackson, LLC, we understand the importance of your relationship with your children and the need to preserve the family entity. An experienced lawyer can help you understand your rights and obligations when it comes to your children.

Achieving Positive Child Custody Results

If you are concerned about whether you will get custody of your children in a divorce or legitimation case, we can help you pursue a positive outcome.

When dealing with these types of cases, it is important to understand the difference between legal and physical custody.

  • Legal Custody: Legal custody refers to the legal authority to make major decisions on behalf of the children. Examples of major decisions include but are not limited to religion, education, and even medical decisions.
  • Physical Custody: Physical custody refers to where the child physically resides.
  • Sole Legal Custody: Grants one sole parent with the legal authority to make major decisions on behalf of the children.
  • Joint Legal Custody: Grants both parents the legal authority to make major decisions on behalf of the children.
  • Sole Physical Custody: Grants one parent physical custody of the children.
  • Joint Physical Custody: Grants both parents physical custody of the children which is usually shared equally.

The courts can grant sole or joint legal or sole or joint physical custody as each case dictates. The basic rule is that the final child custody arrangement should reflect the best interests of the children.

The courts may also appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the interests of the children. The purpose of a guardian ad litem is to offer an unbiased perspective and to protect the interests of the children.

Calculating Child Support

In Georgia, the child support guidelines are based on a complex formula that takes into account both parents' incomes, the number of children each parent is supporting, health insurance, child care and several other factors. These guidelines can be tricky, so it is important to get up-to-date advice.

At the Law Office of Miracle C. Jackson LLC, we help our clients pursue fair child custody and support outcomes. Based in Atlanta, we serve clients in Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton, Henry, Fayette, Cobb, Cherokee, Gwinnett and surrounding counties. Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our family law attorneys.