Child Custody/ Visitation
Child custody is an area of law that requires personal attention and concern. The issue of child custody can arise in various situations. Many believe that the only time child custody is an issue is when a married couple with children goes through the divorce process. However, child custody is also an issue for parties who have never been married but have a child together. Having a court order or documentation that a party has custody of a child is very important when it comes to enrolling children for school or even obtaining information about medical treatment or medical history.
For couples going through a divorce, a determination of child custody is often the most important concern. Some couples can work cooperatively and agree on a custody and visitation plan; however, that is not always the case. If a couple cannot agree on a custody and visitation arrangement, the court will decide. The court will issue an order that sets out which parent will have custody, what the custody arrangement will be and what the visitation plan will be. Once custody has been agreed upon or determined, child support, if appropriate, can then be calculated.
For parties who have never been married but have a child together, custody can be an equally important issue. In situations where parties have a child together but have never been married, either party can file a petition for custody with the appropriate court. If the parties cannot agree, it will be up to the court to decide which parent will have custody, what the custody arrangement will be and what the visitation plan will be. Child support can be calculated once an order of custody is in place.
In determining the custody of minor children, Alabama courts consider many factors, which include but are not limited to the following: which parent has been the primary caregiver prior to the custody proceedings, the age of the children, the number of children, the living arrangements and home environments of both parties and whether there has been a history of abuse or neglect.
If you or someone you know is facing a situation where they are seeking to gain or stand to lose custody of their children, The Sellers Law Firm can help. Our attorneys and staff strive to treat every client with respect and dignity during this difficult and stressful time. Work tirelessly to achieve a successful outcome for our clients. If you find yourself in a situation involving those you care about the most, call us! We can help. We will fight for your right and make sure your voice does not go unheard. At The Sellers Law Firm, your concerns are our concerns. Call today for an initial consultation, which is free of charge with no cost or obligation to you.