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Marietta Child Custody Attorney

Establishing Parenting Plans & Child Visitation in Georgia

If you have children and are going through a divorce, or are considering divorce, child custody issues are probably a major concern. As a parent, you want to spend as much quality time with your children as possible. You may wonder how you will be able to ensure this after a divorce has been finalized.

The law office of G. Cleveland Payne III, P.C. prefers parenting plans that are in the best interests of a child and allow both parents to have significant, meaningful and quality time with their children.

Would you like to speak with a Marietta child custody and visitation rights lawyer? Call us at (770) 424-1400 to schedule your consultation. You can also email us to get a prompt response about your question.

What Is the Difference Between Physical Custody and Legal Custody?

Our firm understands parents have many questions about custody arrangements.

  • Legal custody provides for each parent to have input into major decisions that are made about the children. These decisions include health care, education, religious training and even extra-curricular activities.
  • Physical custody refers to the primary residence of the children. One parent may be designated as primary physical custodian and the other parent as secondary physical custodian.Joint physical custody (sometimes referred to as shared custody) anticipates the children spending equal time with each parent.

Parenting plans can include variations of physical custody, legal custody and visitation. For example, a parent may have sole physical custody or primary physical custody, but share joint legal custody with the other parent. If you and the other parent live in different States, your child may spend the school year with you and the summer months with the other parent.

G. Cleveland Payne III provides compassionate representation and strong advocacy when you need it most. He understands the important role each parent plays in a child’s life, and he understands how important your children are to you. He will help you make parenting agreements according to the best interests of your child.

Our firm also helps assert grandparents’ rights to visitation in appropriate cases.

Modification of Child Custody and Visitation Agreements

If circumstances change after the divorce is finalized and a parent wishes to relocate to another city or state, for example, we can assist with child custody and visitation modifications.

Contact a Marietta Child Visitation Lawyer

To schedule your consultation with a Marietta child custody and visitation lawyer, please contact us online or call (770) 424-1400 today.


G. Cleveland Payne III P.C.

4.9 / 5.0

Based on 10 reviews

Beth Talbert

Mr. Payne was a godsend! I recently relocated to Georgia from California where I had been struggling to procure a divorce for quite some time. Upon my first telephone consultation with Mr. Payne, he clearly explained the process that needed to take place, an approximate timeline and the expense involved. He provided every aspect as laid out with the utmost professionalism and courtesy as well as finalizing my divorce ahead of schedule and under budget. I couldn't have asked for him to be any more considerate in guiding me through an emotionally difficult process. Thank you Mr. Payne!!

Sandy Carr

When finding myself in a life changing situation, I wanted a lawyer with good morals and values to represent me. I also wanted to find someone who could represent me without becoming a number in a large law firm. In choosing Mr. Payne I felt I received the time and attention required to move forward in my circumstances with positive results. He and his staff were both professional, knowledgeable, thorough and caring which meant a lot to me while moving through a difficult time. I was continually involved and kept updated throughout the whole legal process.

Dennis Stahl

I have personally known Cleve Payne for many years and can certainly attest to his unmatched attention to detail and the way he is always striving to treating people with the upmost respect and dignity. His professionalism is without exception and above all he always has your best interests at heart. He is a man among men!

Phillip Turner

Cleve Payne is a credit to the legal profession and a genuinely sincere and caring individual. His practice of family law and divorce has focused for years on helping others and making sure that the legal involvement does not overshadow his dedication to assisting people. I have known Cleve for many years and can say with conviction that he is a person of integrity and high moral standards in his professional and personal life; a totally trustworthy and considerate individual.

Karen Gheesling

Mr. Payne was a great help with probating my parent's will. He was knowledgeable and very kind. He answered any questions that arose and handled the situation in a timely manner. I later returned to him to have my will prepared. I highly recommend Mr. Payne for any legal service.

Susan Carver

Mr Payne was very knowledgeable and helpful, provided valuable advice and guidance, and was compassionate and sensitive to my personal situation.

Pete Montgomery

Cleve Payne has been our family lawyer for the last 10 yrs and has helped us through several issues during that time. My wife and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an honest, knowledgeable, and caring attorney.

Eric Olson

I have used Cleve for over five years. He is conscientious, knowledgeable, and thorough. He is people-oriented and cares about his clients both professionally and personally.

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248 Roswell St
Marietta, GA, 30060

(770) 424-1400

Opening Times

Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM