Child Custody And Visitation

One of the most emotional elements of any divorce is the question of what will happen to the children. When parents no longer live together, arrangements need to be made for where the children will live, how much time they will spend with each parent and how much say each parent will get in the manner in which the children are raised. Here, as with other aspects of divorce, every situation is different, and the attorneys at Lee Durham, LLC, handle each arrangement on a case-by-case basis.

A Focus On The Child

While no two cases are alike, many child custody decisions end with the parents sharing joint custody of their children. This can mean physical custody (where the children live) as well as legal custody, which pertains to the decision-making powers of each parent regarding how the children are raised. Individuals granted joint physical and legal custody of their children will live with their children roughly half the time, and will be equally responsible for the manner in which their children are raised. While this is technically the fairest way to share custody, joint custody also requires good and consistent communication between the former spouses.

In large part, the court will take into consideration the best interests of the child when making a decision about custody and visitation arrangements. This can include:

  • The child's preferences
  • The child's school and social circumstances
  • Any health (including mental) conditions of the parents
  • Whether the child has special needs
  • Religious or cultural factors

Meeting with a family law attorney can help alleviate your anxiety about how your children will fare once your marriage ends, and provide you with a greater understanding of the legal process involved in custody/visitation decisions.

Preserve Access To Your Children Starting Today

Contact Lee Durham, LLC, today to speak with a lawyer about any concerns or questions you have regarding your children in the wake of your divorce. For a free consultation, call us in Albany at 229-431-3036 or use our online intake form to get more information.