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Albany Child Custody Attorney

Advocating for Your Parental Rights During Divorce in Georgia 

For many parents going through divorce, child custody and support become the central matter of importance. At the Albany, GA law firm of Thomas V. Duck III, P.C., we understand the importance of helping divorcing parents maintain meaningful relationships with their children moving forward. Our child custody lawyer in GA focuses on obtaining child custody and visitation schedules that both protect their parental rights as well as their children's best interests.

Experienced Advocacy for Child Custody Matters

The type of lawyer that handles child custody also practices other areas related to family law. Many experienced attorneys are highly skilled in representing clients with their several needs. For example, a client can be going through a difficult divorce that may also involve:

  • Child support
  • Visitation rights
  • Child custody
  • Alimony issues

Our firm also assists unmarried parents to resolve custody disputes through paternity/legitimation actions, as well as with any issues involving child support.

Determining Fair Custody And Visitation

In child custody cases, the family court judge seeks to establish parenting time solutions that protect the best interests of the children involved. Ideally, this would involve parents dividing custody equally. Equally does not necessarily mean 50-50, however.

Championing the Rights of Both Mothers and Fathers

We represent both mothers and fathers in protecting their rights to equitable custody and parenting time. As an experienced Albany child custody attorney, Tommy Duck provides honest insight and dedicated representation to help parents determine:

  • How parenting time will be shared during the school year
  • How holidays, vacations, spring breaks and summer months will be divided
  • How decisions will be made regarding religion, education and overall upbringing

How Can a Father Get Full Custody in GA?

While it is not guaranteed which parent will be granted custody and in which amount, a father can earn his best chance by following the law and always doing what is in the best interest of his child(ren). With an attorney on your side, you will be guided through each step of the process, giving you the best chance possible for full custody.

Here are the steps a father can take to try and obtain full custody in Georgia:

  1. File a petition for custody: The first step for a father seeking full custody is to file a petition for custody with the appropriate court in Georgia. This can be done with the assistance of an experienced child custody attorney.
  2. Gather evidence: The father must gather evidence that supports his claim for full custody. This can include witness statements, school records, medical records, and other documentation that shows he is the best custodial parent.
  3. Attend a hearing: Once the petition for custody is filed, a hearing will be scheduled. The father and the other parent will be required to attend this hearing.
  4. Present evidence: At the hearing, the father will have the opportunity to present evidence that supports his claim for full custody. This can include testimony from witnesses, documents, and other evidence that demonstrates why he is the best custodial parent.
  5. Consider a settlement: If the father and the other parent can come to an agreement on custody, a settlement can be reached. This can be done with the assistance of a mediator or with the help of their attorneys.
  6. Wait for the court's decision: After the hearing, the judge will make a decision on custody based on the evidence presented. If the father is granted full custody, he will be responsible for making all decisions for the child and providing for their care.

Utilizing Text Messages as Evidence in Georgia Child Custody Cases

Yes, text messages can be used in child custody court cases in Georgia. Other forms of evidence that can be used in child custody cases include photographs, documents, and testimony.

Text messages can be used to demonstrate a variety of arguments, including a parent’s refusal to return a child, a spouse’s ability to generate additional income, or a basis for a request for a restraining order.

Child Custody Mediation

Parents who worry about leaving their child custody decision up to the final decision of a judge may benefit from mediation or collaborative law. These more amicable processes allow parents to negotiate a custody agreement with the help of their own counsel and other professional experts before bringing it to the court. For this reason, mediation or collaborative law can be a more efficient and cost-effective means of determining child custody.

Tommy Duck individually assesses each client's case upfront and provides honest counsel on the options that might best suit their family's needs. As an experienced trial lawyer, he is always prepared to defend his clients' interests in court in situations where more amicable means of resolution may be inappropriate, unadvisable or impossible.

Ensuring Fair Visitation for Parents in Southwest Georgia

Our Albany child custody attorney seeks to obtain custody solutions tailored to our clients' unique concerns and situations.

For more information on Georgia child custody laws, contact us by calling (229) 999-4147 toll free.

Past Clients Tell Their Stories

  • He and his staff are courteous, professional, and responsive.

    “Tommy worked hard on my case and that resulted in an outcome better than I expected.”

    Former Client

  • Mr. Duck is very professional and went above and beyond to get my case dismissed.

    “I would highly recommend his services!”

    Former Client

  • I was amazed!

    “I was amazed at the result he was able to achieve.”

    Former Client

  • Tommy Duck is one of the best lawyers I have worked with.

    “He put my personal welfare first and stayed on top of my case from start to finish.”


  • I have never met an attorney that approaches his job with such compassion and zeal.

    “I have never met an attorney that approaches his job with such compassion and zeal. When I initially approached Mr. Duck to represent my son, he immediately sprung into action. In addition, Mr. Duck and his team were well prepared and thorough, making sure that all pertinent information was presented and also revealed. Thank you Mr Duck, you are a Godsend. I highly recommend Mr. Thomas Duck to others if a criminal defense attorney is needed.”

    Former Client