Legal Vs. Physical Custody

Custody disputes are tough and emotional. If you are contemplating a divorce or in the midst of a custody proceeding, chances are that you are stressed about what the outcome will mean for you and your children.

When I first talk to clients, many have questions about the different custody labels. As in many states, Georgia has legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to the decision-making for the children. Legal custody may encompass important issues such as religion, school choice and medical decisions. Physical custody typically designates where the children reside on a day-to-day basis. Custody may be designated as joint custody or sole custody depending on the circumstances.

Parenting Plans In Custody And Visitation Cases

One way to get past the issues involved in certain labels is to develop a parenting plan. A parenting plan is a useful tool to resolve custody disputes. In a parenting plan, parents can go into greater detail outlining specifics for making certain decisions - such as medical, school or religious - or even how to handle the issue of a child getting a phone or signing them up for extracurricular activities. The parenting plan can be as extensive as you want it to be, and I can help create one that addresses your specific concerns.

Compassionate Counsel

As an experienced child custody lawyer, I understand the perceived importance of labels, even if the legal result is different in practice. My role is to get clients to keep their focus on what is in their children's best interests. That is the driving force in my representation.

I routinely assist clients with custody and visitation issues throughout the Atlanta area and beyond. Georgia laws are changing and judicial positions are evolving as we work toward finding a positive path forward for families. It is important you gain the insight of an experienced attorney in order to understand how these changes may affect your custody case.

Contact me online or call Bruner & Associates at 404-348-8953 (toll-free 866-544-0951) for a free phone consultation. When you work with my office, you will work directly with an attorney.