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If you and your child’s other parent are unable to reach a satisfactory agreement as to the custody of your child, it will be up to the court to decide the best custody arrangement and parenting plan for your child. Any custody decision is based on the best interest of the child standard, which encompasses a variety of different factors, including the age of the child, which parent has been the primary caretaker of the child, stability, ability to provide for the child, work schedule, and, in cases involving an older child, the child’s preferences. While no one of these factors is the sole reason for a decision, the judge may take all of these factors into consideration in making a custody decision. He or she also may consider the recommendation of a guardian ad litem, who is a neutral third party appointed by the court to investigate the situation and give an opinion to the court on custody and visitation matters.

Every custody case is different, and every family’s circumstances vary widely. As a result, there is no way to predict whether a parent’s work and travel schedule will preclude him or her from having primary custody of a child. In some cases, a parent’s work schedule may have little or no impact on a child custody matter. In other cases, however, a parent’s work schedule may be highly relevant. This is why you need a seasoned Atlanta child custody attorney who can give you the advice that is appropriate in your situation.

An Atlanta child custody lawyer at Shaw Law Firm LLC can help advise you about potential pitfalls in your child custody case and how your personal and professional circumstances can impact the outcome of your custody proceeding. Contact us or call today to learn how Shaw Law can work with you to achieve the best outcome possible for you and your children.

Scott Shaw is founder and principle of Shaw Law Firm LLC, founded in 1995 and dedicated solely to divorce, family law and child custody matters that must be addressed and decided in the state of Georgia. Shaw Law Firm serves the greater Metro Atlanta area, particularly the counties of Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb, Cherokee, Forsyth, Paulding, Henry, Fayette, Coweta, Newton, Walton, Bartow and Douglas. Schedule a consultation today at 770-594-8309.