Child Custody and Child Support

Like divorce proceedings, cases involving child custody and child support can be very difficult emotionally for everyone involved, especially the children. Georgia law requires a court to determine what child custody arrangements are in the best interests of the children involved. Once a child is old enough (at least 11), he or she can inform the court of his or her custody preferences, and at age 14 that preference becomes an election, which has a stronger influence in the outcome of a custody case. Child support is calculated with an eye toward factors including the income of each parent, the amount of money spent on raising the child(ren), and sometimes considering the amount of time the children spend with each parent.