Birmingham Child Custody Attorney
Understanding Child Custody Arrangements in Alabama
At Ingram Law, LLC, our Birmingham child custody lawyer guides families in Jefferson County through a wide range of family law matters. These sensitive cases can raise a number of complicated legal questions for parents, guardians, and courts. With well over a decade of experience as a family law attorney, Joe Ingram understands the stress that often comes with determining a child’s future and serves his clients with dedication, compassion, and care.
If you need legal assistance with a child custody case, count on Ingram Law, LLC to remain by your side from start to finish. We will see your case through to the end, maintaining open communication and unyielding support along the way.
Types of Child Custody
The good news for parents is that Alabama law allows them to work together to find a custody arrangement that best suits the family’s needs. There are two types of custody.
Physical custody refers to where the child lives, while legal custody is concerned with decision making about the child’s:
- Other major issues
Alabama state policy prefers joint custody arrangements, in which parents either share physical and legal custody over their child or simply share legal custody. Courts are also authorized, however, to award sole legal or physical custody, or both, to one parent in some cases. When a court awards sole physical custody to one parent, it may also order that parent to allow the other parent to have regular visitation time with the child.
How Does the Court Determine Child Custody?
The main question in custody cases is what is in the child’s best interests.
Courts answer that question by looking at several factors, such as:
- Whether the parents have agreed to share custody
- Where the parents live
- Each parent’s willingness to encourage the child’s relationship with the other parent
- Each parent’s ability to communicate with the other and make joint decisions
- Any allegations of abuse
Modifying a Child Custody Arrangement
Sometimes things change and the law allows custody and visitation orders to be altered based on changing circumstances. In order to alter an order, the person seeking the change needs to show that there has been what the courts call a “substantial change in circumstances.” The parent also needs to prove that the requested alteration is in the child’s best interests, based on the change in circumstances. Courts are typically more flexible in cases in which one parent wants to adjust the visitation schedule based on the child’s school or social commitments.
A parent in a custody arrangement who wants to move away with his or her child typically must first seek permission from a court. Courts consider a range of factors in deciding whether to grant relocation approval.
- The quality of the relationship between the child and each parent
- The child’s age
- The child’s emotional, physical, and medical needs
- The child’s preferences
- How the move might affect the child’s quality of life
- The reasons why each parent is requesting or opposing the move
Contact an Experienced Child Custody Lawyer in Birmingham
If you are facing a battle over child custody or the modification of a child custody arrangement, Ingram Law, LLC can help. Our seasoned divorce lawyer can help you weigh your legal rights and options at each step of the process. He proudly serves people throughout Jefferson County 24 hours a day.
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