About Child Custody Laws In Alabama
When a marriage or a relationship ends, one of your biggest concerns is the time you will have with your children. If you and the other parent can agree on a custody plan, you can present it to the court and it will generally be approved.
Joint custody is preferred by the court if the circumstances of your case allow for it. There are two types of joint custody:
- Joint legal custody: This refers to the responsibility of decision-making for the child regarding medical, education and religious decision.
- Joint physical custody: Each parent has time with the child.
What Are My Rights In Child Custody?
Sometimes emotions get involved in child custody, and one parent wants to punish the other by seeking sole custody or denying visitation. The court, however, will consider what is in the best interests of the child based on several different standards:
- The ability of each parent to tend to the child’s daily needs
- The stability and continuity in home and school
- The child’s relationship with siblings
- Opportunity for relationship with extended members of the family, such as grandparents
Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights?
In Alabama, grandparents may be awarded visitation rights.