Child Custody and Visitation

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If you need help managing through the many complex issues related to child custody and visitation, contact the experienced lawyers at Thompson, Meier & King at our main location in downtown Canton in the heart of Cherokee County or in our satellite office in downtown Blue Ridge in north Georgia.

What is Legal Custody v. Physical Custody?

Custody of minor children can be broken down to two main categories: Legal custody and physical custody. The term “Legal Custody” refers to decision making power for the minor children, particularly in the areas of education, medical decisions, religious upbringing, and extracurricular activities. Legal custody can be held by one parent alone or can be divided between parents. “Physical Custody”, on the other hand, refers to the actual time that the minor child spends with a parent. When dealing with child custody actions, it is important to have your agreement or final order clearly explain each parent’s responsibilities and obligations surrounding legal and physical custody.

What is Parenting Time/Visitation?

Parenting time, also known as visitation, refers to the time a minor child or children spend with the non-custodial parent. In every child custody action, the law now requires that a parenting plan be submitted to the Court. A parenting plan outlines the time that the minor child or children will spend with each parent as well as how the decision making power for the children will be divided between the parents. The attorneys at Thompson, Meier, & King P.C. are well versed in preparing these plans as well as drafting agreements and final Orders that reflect the parties’ true intentions surrounding legal and physical custody of minor children.

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