Protecting The Relationship With Your Child
If you are a parent facing divorce, your biggest concern is probably your child. You want to protect your child from as much negativity as possible. You also want to protect your relationship with your child.
At the Law Office of Joshua B. James, LLC, we understand that your child is the most important part of your life, and we will help you fight for your parental rights. We also represent unmarried parents in child custody matters.
How Does Child Custody Work In Alabama?
Every state handles child custody in its own way, but generally, they all look at what is best for the child. Alabama law states a preference for joint custody, but each judge has the leeway to consider many factors in making a custody decision.
Here are a few terms you may want to know regarding child custody:
- Legal custody: Legal custody refers to the ability parents have to make important decisions about their children. If both parents have a say, then they have shared, or joint legal custody. If only one parent has custody, they have sole custody.
- Physical custody: Physical custody refers to where the child will live most of the time. If the child splits his or her time between the parents, the parents have joint physical custody.
- Visitation: If one parent has sole physical custody, the other parent usually has rights to see the child on a regular basis. These rights are called visitation rights.
Let Our Firm Answer Your Child Custody And Visitation Questions
Child custody and visitation can become a very contentious issue in a divorce. If you and your spouse cannot agree on custody matters, you will need an experienced attorney to guide you through this difficult issue.