Establishing Custody For The Divorce Process

Guidelines Until The Divorce Is Final

Temporary custody provides a measure of stability during the divorce process. Either parent can request a temporary custody hearing during the divorce. At the temporary custody hearing, a judge will issue custody, support and parenting time orders that will last only until trial, at which time final orders will be issued.

Emergency Motions To Change Final Custody Orders

Once established, courts are generally reluctant to modify final custody orders. However, if you can demonstrate a substantial change in circumstances and that your child is in a situation detrimental to his or her well-being, it is possible to modify final custody orders. Such changed circumstances could include:

  • Remarriage
  • Improved or worsened health conditions
  • Improved or worsened mental conditions
  • The child's preference, if he or she is old enough to understand the issues involved

It is beneficial to bring before the court issues involving the children's well-being. Even if a modification is denied, the court should be aware of the health, mental state and other factors regarding the custodial parent that affect your child's best interests.

Call Us For A Free Consultation

With William C. Gentry, Attorney at Law, you will receive the benefit of a lawyer with 30 years' experience who can walk you through all custody matters. Mr. Gentry is a knowledgeable, compassionate and communicative family law attorney. Temporary custody can play an important role in divorce proceedings; it is important to begin protecting your legal rights and relationship with your children immediately. Failing to protect your rights during this critical time can have long-term consequences. To schedule your free consultation, reach us at 770-884-4171 or through this online form. Located in Marietta, Georgia, we represent clients throughout Cobb County and surrounding areas.