What is best for the child in a child custody case?

Decisions involving the custody children after divorce can can be difficult and emotionally charged. Courts always take into consideration what is best for the child in Georgia, but this may not always be clear. An example of such a difficult child custody case is currently unfolding.

A little girl who is now 3 was placed in foster care when she was only 12 weeks old. She was placed there as a result of a diagnosis of 'failure to thrive.' When the child was 15 months old, she was removed from that foster home to be reunited with her biological siblings in a different foster home. The foster family the child was originally placed with is fighting to regain custody, and the court is struggling to determine what is in the best interest of the child.

After a year, the child had the opportunity to bond with the foster family and recognize them as her family. The child is now the subject of a tug of war between two families. It comes down to the courts to decide what is in the child's best interest.

A family who is willing to foster a child in Georgia deserves credit. A foster family who finds themselves in a situation where they fear losing custody of a foster child they have bonded with may benefit from speaking with an experienced family law attorney. Courts will take the best interest of the child into consideration when deciding a child custody case. A knowledgeable attorney can be a calming presence in a tense situation and can also help inform the family as to what options are available to them.

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