There are various law websites hosted in dedicated servers that speak about child custody cases. In this post, we will try to cover as much as we can regarding winning child custody.
Child custody cases should be the easiest of all cases after all, we all know that the legal standard is the best interest of the children. But if that is as far as your attorney goes and evaluating your case then you’re going to have some real issues.
What does the best interest of the children actually mean?
The phrase is actually defined under Georgia law into 17 specific elements that in total equate to the best interest of the children. In general, the factors are at least the first three which are the following:
- Love and affection between each parent and child
- Capacity of each parent to give the child love and affection, guidance and education
- Each parents knowledge and familiarity of the child and child’s needs.
These three (3) elements are what most people would refer to as the best interest of the child.
How to Win Child Custody Cases in State of Georgia – Even Difficult Cases
What if the other party can demonstrate that they are equal or at least not too far behind the other parent in regard to these elements? One does not need to be the primary caretaker of the child, nor does a parent have to be a home parent to have strong bonds, provide love and affection, and have knowledge of the child’s needs. Good stay-at-home parents do not have monopoly on these elements. Sometimes all you have to show is that the other parent, even if not a stay at home parent or primary caretaker is nearly as good as a stay-at-home parent. The case can practically make a draw out of these elements.
Considering the other 14 elements in the case of child custody
But let’s not take for granted that there are still 14 other elements that can make a difference in the decision of child custody. Modern courts understand that the stay-at-home parent will need to get a job and when they do, what will the child’s environment be?
Which parent has stability? Who owns the home, a long-term job, and can keep the child in their present school with their present friends? Mental health of the parents is also a factor that affects child custody. Each parents character and ability to act as role model to provide guidance for the child.
In the end, what the court consider when awarding child custody is the best interests of the child as defined by 17 different elements. If you want to win a child custody case you need to focus on these elements and apply the facts of your case to these elements.