Every parent wants to protect their children from harm. This isn’t always easy to pull off, however, especially for those navigating a contentious divorce. If you are currently engaged in a difficult child custody dispute, you need a family law attorney with the experience and compassion to help you and those you love most secure the future you deserve.
FAYETTE CHILD CUSTODY ATTORNEY
Alabama Child Custody Lawyer Helping Jasper Families Move Forward
Focused on the Best Interests of the Child(ren) Involved
When determining the best interests of the child, an Alabama judge will consider the following factors:
- Your child’s age, sex, mental and physical health.
- The physical and mental health of you and the other parent.
- You and your former spouse’s lifestyles.
- The bond enjoyed (or not) between your child, yourself and the other parent.
- You and your former spouse’s capacity to provide your child with food, housing, clothing and medical care.
- Your child’s current schedule — i.e. school, home, church, etc.
- Your child’s quality of education.
- Your child’s preference (assuming she or he is of relevant age).
If none of these factors clearly favor you or your former spouse, an Alabama judge will likely focus on which parent is likely to provide your child with a stable environment, as well as which parent will more strongly encourage your child’s relationship with the other party.
Physical & Legal Custody
Alabama courts often award at least partial custody to both parents, commonly referred to as “joint custody.” Joint custody can either take the form of joint physical custody (i.e. your child spends a significant amount of time with both you and your former spouse); joint legal custody (i.e. you and the other parent make decisions regarding the child’s education, religious upbringing and medical care in an equal, collaborative manner); and joint legal and physical custody.
Gender Stereotypes Are Just That — Stereotypes
If you are a father and would like to receive physical custody of your child, do not let gender stereotypes prevent you from doing so. Indeed, if your work schedule is more flexible than that of your former spouse, you may even have an advantage in the dispute. Regardless, an Alabama judge will prioritize the best interests of your child. In other words, if you believe that you should have primary custody and can persuade the judge that it’s in your child’s best interests, you should pursue physical custody.