Child Support and Child Custody

Divorce isn't only about division of property. For some, the lives of children are also involved and it becomes the duty and responsibility of both parents and their lawyers to see that the best interests of innocent children are protected. Often the most contested and ambiguous aspects of any divorce or family law issue involve child support and child custody.

We can help you understand how the process works, how fair payments for support are determined and, ultimately, how much time you and your former spouse will be spending with the children. At The Law Offices of Connie L. Williford, we believe protecting parent-child relationships is one of the most important aspects of our job as family law attorneys, and we strive to ensure that our clients' needs are met. We will keep you informed and up-to-date throughout the entire process of determining child support and custody as we advocate for you and your children.

Explaining the Child Support Worksheet

The most effective method for understanding your child support issues is to contact our Macon, Georgia, law office and speak with attorney Connie Williford or her staff. The laws surrounding child support and custody have changed in recent years. Our lawyers keep up-to-date with the ever-changing laws and provide accurate assessments to our clients to ensure that they have the most accurate information moving forward. Let us help you understand not only the base formula for support under Georgia law but also the many factors that may result in a deviation from the formula amount to better suit the needs of your children, including:

  • Income of each parent
  • Costs of child care
  • Insurance needs of the children
  • Extraordinary expenses for the children's education or extra-curricular activities
  • Special care needs
  • Medical expenses
  • Whether parents are supporting other children

Considerations in Child Custody

Dozens of factors go into the analysis of child custody determinations. Georgia law allows the court wide discretion in assessing what parenting arrangement is in the best interest of the child, including an analysis of factors such as:

  • Love, affection, bonding, and emotional ties
  • Knowledge and familiarity with the children and the children's needs
  • Ability to provide for the children
  • Home environment of each parent
  • Importance of continuity in the children's lives
  • Stability of the family unit of each of the parents
  • Mental and physical health of each parent
  • Each parent's involvement, or lack thereof, in the children's educational, social, and extracurricular activities
  • Each parent's employment schedule
  • Home, school, and community record and history of the children
  • Health or educational special needs of the children
  • Each parent's past performance and relative abilities for future performance of parenting responsibilities;
  • Ability and willingness to co-parent with the ex-spouse
  • Any evidence of family violence or sexual, mental, or physical child abuse
  • Criminal history of either parent
  • Any evidence of substance abuse by either parent.

The combination of these factors contribute to the case you will present to a court for what type of custody arrangement will be best for your children. There are many variations on child custody and parenting time (sometimes called "visitation"). In some instances, parents are able to share almost equal time with the children; in other cases, there is a need for one parent's time with the children to be limited. Regardless of your unique situation, The Law Offices of Connie L. Williford can help you advocate for the custody option that will be best tailored to the needs of your family. Don't gamble with your custodial rights. Let our office advise you and guide you through the complex process of custody disputes.

Work With Attorneys Who Put You and Your Family First

When you need answers regarding child custody or child support payments, contact us at The Law Offices Of Connie L. Williford for practical advice from our experienced attorneys. You can reach our Macon, Georgia, law office by calling 478-743-4069 or by filling out our online contact form.