If you are dealing with child custody issues in the State of Alabama, it is critical to work with a knowledegable and dedicated child custody attorney. Child custody laws in Alabama are extremely complicated and parents who are unfamiliar with them may find themselves at the mercy of the judge or other parent once a court gets involved. I can help guide you through your situation and plan wisely for your children’s future. Whether you are seeking to establish a new child custody order or seeking to modify an existing order, a dedicated family law attorney is an invaluable ally.
Alabama law often grants joint custody to parents. There are different kinds of joint custody in the State of Alabama. Legal custody can be granted jointly; legal custody allows the person so empowered to make important decisions for the child such as what school the child will attend and what form of religious instruction they can receive. When legal custody is awarded jointly, this means that both parents share this authority.
The other type of custody is physical custody. Physical custody, or residential custody, describes where and with whom the children are to reside. If physical custody is granted jointly, the children concerned spend about half their time at one parent’s residence and half their time at the other’s. Even when physical custody is granted solely to one parent, however, the child is permitted to spend significant time with the other parent as well. The legal term for this is visitation. It is usually unsupervised by the parent having legal physical custody, but in special cases supervised visitation or even virtual visitation may be instituted. I can review the different types of custody and visitation with you in greater detail during your initial consultation.
Dealing with custody during the divorce process
If you and the child’s other parent are dealing with child custody issues as part of a divorce, Alabama law allows the court to enter a temporary child custody order that will remain in effect for the duration of the divorce proceedings. When the divorce is finalized by the court, permanent legal and physical custody orders and visitation rights will be established for the parents.
In Alabama, family law courts make decisions based on the best interests of the children concerned. One benefit of partnering with an understanding family law attorney is their ability to present your case to the court in the best possible light and help the judge involved understand that your wishes regarding child custody are in your children’s best interest. When you hire a family law attorney to assist you with your child custody case, you should expect that they advocate for your children’s best interest as stringently as you do. I am dedicated to the well-being of your children and your rights during this difficult time.
To speak with a dedicated child custody attorney call the Law Office of Gary W. Fillingim, L.L.C. at (251) 445-7257 or fill out the contact form provided.