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Can My Job Affect my Chance for Custody?

Are you wondering if your specific job is enough to affect your chances to get joint or sole custody of your child or children? There is a lot to unpack here, so it’s essential that you contact an expert in family law right here in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, and Cumming. To give you an idea of what to expect, let’s take a closer look. 

Joint or Sole Custody

There are two forms of custody most common in Georgia. Joint means you and your partner have an equitable agreement to share custody of your child. Sole means only one parent has custody. The difference is largely based on the specifics of each case and the ability for either or both parents to care for the child or children. 

There are a lot of complex issues, so your understanding of the law is not necessary. You need an expert in Family Law to help you navigate the specifics. 

Best Interest of the Child

Rulings on child custody cases almost always keep in mind what the courts call the “best interest of the child.” This will depend on a number of factors but most importantly each guardian’s ability to care for the child in a safe way. 

It may also be helpful to know that older children are often asked their preference regarding which parent to live with, so that may also play a factor in the ultimate child custody decision. Your job as the parent is to demonstrate why you are a qualified and stable parental influence for the courts to award custody. 

Job Stability 

Of course, all of this comes back to your job. There are very few cases where the actual job you perform will be a challenge in the decision for child custody. What may affect the case is your ability to keep a steady job. If you change jobs frequently, it may raise a red flag with the courts and influence their ultimate decision. 

All of these are handled on a case-by-case basis, which is why it’s essential that you work with an attorney specializing in family law in the North Atlanta area. 

Child Support

Another factor for many child custody cases is child support. Your job automatically informs the ability to pay court ordered child support. If you’re unable to work, there are other accommodations that need to be made. 

Whatever your specific case, a lawyer who understands all the intricacies of child custody and child support will be able to help you. 

To answer all of your questions about your job and child custody, contact Shaw Law in Cumming, Atlanta, Sandy Springs, and Dunwoody today.