Montgomery Child Custody Lawyers
Serving Parents in Montgomery County, Autauga County, Chilton County & Lee County, AL
Child custody for parents going through a divorce or involved in a paternity action is one of the most challenging areas of family law. It can cause a deep divide between parents, especially for those who fear a compromise of their relationship with their child(ren) and who already carry anger, resentment, anxiety, and other emotions due to the breakup of the family.
Fortunately, Delk & Tomlinson Law brings years of experience to this issue and is more than ready to take on the challenge. We know how stressful custody can be for everyone involved. Our job is to ensure that your parental rights are protected and that the best possible outcome is achieved that serves the child(ren)’s best interests while allowing you to remain an integral part of their lives.
Contact Delk & Tomlinson Law via our online form or by calling (334) 373-2981 to schedule an appointment with a Montgomery child custody attorney.
Custody is broken down into two forms. These include physical custody which refers to where and with whom the child lives and legal custody which gives a parent the right to make major decisions about the child’s life and wellbeing. Either form can be joint or sole custody. In basing their decisions concerning custody arrangements, the courts operate on what is in the best interests of the child.
Alabama custody law describes joint custody as assuring that children have a frequent and continuing relationship with their parents, providing that these parents have shown that they can act in their children’s best interest and can share in the rights and responsibilities of parenting them. While joint custody is the preferred form of custody, it does not necessarily mean that the time spent with children will be equal between the parents. Many factors will influence this such as proximity of the parents’ households, school and daycare considerations, and more.
Sole physical and legal custody is generally only awarded in cases where the safety of the child may be in question, such as where a parent has a history of domestic violence, drug or alcohol abuse, or criminal activity.
Parenting plans are written agreements between parents that set forth how you and your co-parent will continue to care for your children and how the time with them will be shared. It will lay out a time-sharing schedule that should account for special events, vacations, holidays, emergencies, and more. Its details should also include how to resolve disagreements so as to avoid high-conflict situations.
Parents can create their own parenting plans and submit them to the court for approval. Where parents cannot agree on custody and its arrangements, it will fall to the courts to decide.
“I was very pleased with the professional services rendered by Delk and Tomlinson. They treated me with respect and helped me understand the process which is hard to do when your emotions are frayed.”
Learn more about how custody law and the family court system impacts your case by discussing the specifics of your situation with an attorney whose career has been devoted to Alabama family law.