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Marietta Mothers’ Rights Attorney

The bond between a mother and child is crucial to the child’s growth and development. With this in mind, we will aggressively fight to protect our clients’ rights and the best interests of the children throughout the divorce proceeding.

The Marietta mothers’ rights lawyers at G. Cleveland Payne III P.C. have extensive experience in all facets of divorce matters. We understand that the courts in Georgia still favor the mother as a primary physical custodian while the children are of “tender age”; however, the decision by the court also depends upon the child’s relationship with the father.

The definition of “tender age” varies depending upon the court and the particular facts of each case. A skilled attorney can help develop a custodial plan that gives both parents access to the children, but protects the mothers’ rights.

Cobb County Lawyer for Custody Challenges

There are numerous issues that might need to be addressed during the divorce proceeding, including:

  • Legitimation: If the child is not legitimated, the biological father has no rights to visitation. The placement of the father’s name on the child’s birth certificate does not provide rights of the father to visitation.
  • Stay-at-home mom: Many mothers call our office concerned that she has no rights and will have no money in the event of a divorce. That is not true. Mothers are entitled to an equitable distribution of all marital property and can petition for temporary or permanent spousal support following a divorce.
  • Custody: For many mothers, the primary question is: “Will I lose my children because I’m not the primary financial provider?” The answer is “No.” You have, most likely, been the primary caretaker through their lives. The court uses the standard of the best interests of the children when making decisions such as custody and visitation.

Contact a Cobb County Attorney With Your Custody Challenge Needs

With questions regarding mothers’ rights, contact our office by calling (770) 424-1400 or by completing the e-mail form on this website.


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

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Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM