Why Might a Parent Lose Custody of their Children in Georgia?

While some might say that the government has no business interfering with people’s families, sometimes it is necessary for them to step in. If you view yourself as a dedicated, responsible parent, the thought of having your children taken away can be quite distressing. If you want to stop this from ever happening, the first thing you need to do is educate yourself. When you understand the specific circumstances that might result in you losing custody, you can avoid this scenario more effectively. 

If you are already dealing with the possibility of losing custody, you need to speak with an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible. Our professionals can help you prove that you are fit to act as a parent, and that the allegations made against you do not hold up to scrutiny. The sooner you connect with a legal professional, the sooner you can fight for custody in an effective manner. 

Divorce

One of the most common reasons parents lose custody of their children is through a divorce. One parent might successfully show that they are better suited to act as a primary guardian after the split, at which point the judge will grant them primary custody. In some cases, these parents may point to specific instances of abuse, neglect, or irresponsibility on the part of their former spouse. In other situations, the judge may grant them custody simply for convenience’s sake. For example, the child often stays with the parent who retains ownership of the family home.

Abuse or Neglect

If your situation does not involve divorce, the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services is probably taking your child because of safety concerns. This generally falls under the classification of child abuse, which covers the following areas:

  • Neglect
  • Sexual abuse
  • Exploitation
  • Physical injuries
  • Failure to provide housing
  • Failure to provide proper clothing
  • Failure to provide food
  • Failure to properly supervise the children

In addition, alcohol or drug abuse may be exacerbating factors in the context of child abuse. The DFCS is more likely to step in and remove children from homes where spouses are dealing with substance abuse. In order for the DFCS to get involved, a report must first be filed. A number of people might report alleged instances of child abuse, including teachers, neighbors, or family members. After they receive the report, the DFCS will respond within 24 hours and remove the child from the home if they consider this a necessary step. 

Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today

If you want to retain custody of your children, it is important to connect with a family law attorney in Georgia as soon as possible. Connect with Lankford & Moore Law at your earliest convenience, and you can pursue this matter in a confident, efficient, and dignified manner. We specialize in family law, so you can rely on an experienced qualified legal team to help you with this situation. Reach out today, and we can develop an action plan together. 

 

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