Who’s named as the custodial parent after divorce?

When divorces are finalized, they will solve marital issues. These issues can include child support, alimony, the division of assets and child custody arrangements. Child custody arrangements should always be made with the best interests of the child put first. Their health and safety is the most important aspect of this arrangement. Legal and physical custody are two aspects of the child custody arrangement that need to be considered. They focus on different aspects of custody that a parent can be granted with. When a parent is given legal custody of a child, they are given the role of custodial parent. The custodial parent is who the child will live with on a regular basis. Although the other parent may have visitation rights, the custodial parent is the one who will spend more time with the child. The custodial parent may be paid child support by the other parent to support the child’s living standards.

How does legal custody compare to physical custody?

Parents with legal custody still have control over aspects of the child’s life. They are able to be involved in major decisions. Legal custody allows parents the authority to make important decisions in a child’s life regarding many different aspects. These decisions can be related to matters of health, education, religion and general welfare of the child. A parent may lose physical custody, but still be able to obtain legal custody. This can allow them to have control in a child’s life. They can still be involved in the major decisions that affect a child. It is important for a parent to be involved in a child’s life since it can have a better effect on the child. Maintaining a healthy parent-child relationship is encouraged. Parents should work together to make sure this can happen. If one parent is trying to relocate with a child, a parent with legal custody still has the right to fight for the child to stay. They should not brush off the situation since they do not have physical custody. A good defense attorney may be able to help you during these times.

Alfred Law Firm, LLC is proud to serve clients in Georgia when they face legal matters related to family law and criminal defense. When legal issues arise, it is important to have the guidance of an experienced attorney that can help you obtain a favorable outcome. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.

“Each and every client deserves to be treated with respect; and each case is equally important regardless of the
client's social or economic status.” - Janice F. Alfred, Esq.

  • Contact Us for a Free Strategy Session

We pride ourselves in remaining accessible to clients both during and outside of normal business hours.
Whether you want to contact us via email, phone or text, our firm is here for you.

Awards and Recognitions


103 Jonesboro Road, Suite B2
McDonough, GA 30252

OFFICE: 404-494-0027
Fax: 404-909-8498
EMAIL: janice.alfred@alfredlawfirm.com