Helping You Understand Visitation Rights In Alabama
Divorcing parents’ first thought likely revolves around their children. What will happen to the kids after the separation? Will they see each parent equally? What if I do not get to see them enough? These and other pertinent questions are common for parents going through a divorce and unsure about the process involved with child custody and visitation.
Child custody is different than visitation. Custody refers to the ability of a parent to make decisions about how their child is raised, such as where the child will attend school, religious influences, extracurricular activities, and medical decisions, among others.
There are typically three main types of child custody: joint custody, shared custody and sole custody. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, Alabama courts refer that both parents have joint custody over their children. Once custody has been established, a visitation schedule will be established. In some instances, parents can create their own schedule as it fits their specific circumstances.
However, in the event they cannot agree, a court twill step in to make the decision. When determining a visitation schedule for divorcing parents in Alabama, courts will consider the following factors:
- The relationship between the child and parent
- The history of drugs, alcohol, abuse or neglect
- The working situation of each parent
- The willingness of the parents to work with each other
- The child’s age and activities
Protecting The Best Interests Of Your Child
Divorce lawyer Richelle Gossman handles family law matters exclusively. At Gossman Law Firm, LLC, she knows the law, the rule, procedures and your rights as a parents. She can work with you to negotiate an agreement with the other parent. If this is not feasible, Richelle has the litigation experience to protect your interests in court.
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Get a free case evaluation today, and learn more about visitation rights from an experienced Birmingham family law attorney. Call 205-498-7455 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation with Richelle. Flexible payment plans available for complex cases.
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