Providing Caring & Effective Legal Solutions in North, Central & West Alabama
Whether you are going through a divorce or interested in modifying a current court order, a child custody dispute can be an emotionally draining process. In order to obtain the best possible result in your case, you need to hire a knowledgeable and skilled lawyer protect you and your child's rights and best interests.
At The Glasscox Law Firm LLC, we have more than five decades of combined legal and courtroom experience helping clients in a variety of legal matters, including divorce law. Our Tuscaloosa child custody attorneys understand what it takes to prove to the court that you can provide a safe environment for your child. Let us guide you through the complexities of the legal process to get the most favorable outcome in your case.
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Alabama Child Custody Laws
Alabama courts base child custody decisions on many factors, but a court's overriding concern is that children maintain a continuing relationship and spend time with both parents. This holds true in all cases except where contact with a parent would be considered dangerous, as when a history of domestic violence, child abuse, or substance abuse is present.
Questions of legal custody which involves the right or a parent to make important life decisions concerning the child, such as educational, religious, medical, and other important factors. While questions of physical custody which involves where and with whom the child will live.
There are two forms of joint custody: joint legal custody and joint physical custody. Joint legal custody means both parents have the right to make important decisions on behalf of the child (e.g. education, medical, religious, etc.), while joint physical custody means each parent can spend time with the child.
Sole legal custody, on the other hand, gives major decision-making rights to one parent on important life decisions concerning the child, such as educational, religious, medical, and other important decisions. Sole physical custody also means one parent has physical custody of the child, while the other parent is given set visitation.
Factors that are considered by a judge relevant to custody include parental ability to care for a child, physical proximity of parents to one another, age and gender of the child, which parent is most likely to create a stable and nurturing environment, along with factors. In joint custody arrangements, parenting schedules will have to be created that accommodate the needs of both parents and child.
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You need to demonstrate to the court that you are more fit to be your children's custodial parent. Our firm is committed to building your case, filing all the necessary paperwork, and representing you inside and outside the courtroom.