Phenix City Child Custody Lawyers
We Can Fight for Your Child's Best Interests
Child custody can be the most difficult part of the divorce process. When parents cannot come to an agreement, a custody or support battle may ensue. The Phenix City child custody attorneys at Loftin, Loftin & May provide reliable legal advice and help you fight for your right to time with your child.
Finding a Solution to Complex Disputes
The law can be complex, making it important to have an attorney representing your best interests and the best interests of your children. Our child custody lawyers in Phenix City handle all types of custody disputes. We can evaluate your situation, help you determine the best way to proceed, and advocate on your behalf in all issues surrounding the custody of your children.
What Are Child Custody Laws in Alabama for Unmarried Parents?
One of the most difficult issues that may present itself for determining child custody between unmarried parents is the need for the father to establish paternity in order to have a legal claim to the child. While an unmarried mother is typically granted sole custody when a child is born, if a father wants to claim custody of the child they will need to prove paternity. Once paternity is established however, courts will generally take into account the same factors that are taken into account when determining custody between previously married couples.
Child Custody Law in Alabama
Alabama, like many states, recognizes the importance of the bond between parents and children. The state policy is to ensure frequent and continuing contact between minor children and both parents, as long as the parents have the ability to act in the best interests of the children. Although the state favors joint custody, there are many ways that custody may be awarded.
The court considers many factors, including:
- The age and gender of the child
- The child’s safety and well-being
- Parental characteristics
- Relationship of the child to each parent
- Home environments
- The child’s preference, depending on age and maturity
- Reports of expert witnesses or an independent investigator
Generally, the court either awards primary custody or joint custody, although the time awarded to each parent is not always an exact 50/50 split. When one parent is awarded primary physical custody, the other may be awarded parental access or visitation. The court will also take into consideration petitions for grandparent visitation if it is in the best interests of the child.
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