Athens, AL Custody Lawyers

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Divorce can be a tumultuous process to go through for two people who initially planned to spend forever together, especially when they share children. The overwhelming emotions tacked onto divorce make it difficult to decide on how assets and property should be divided, but agreeing on a custody arrangement is an especially sensitive issue that can sometimes bring out the worst in parents who care deeply for their kids. The good news is that you don’t have to face contentious custody matters alone – our Athens custody lawyers are here to help. Call Foxtrot Family Law today to schedule a consultation and learn how our team of family law attorneys can help you find the best possible resolution to your custody issues. 

Custody In Alabama

In the state of Alabama, if two parents cannot agree on the terms of their custody arrangement, the ultimate say so will be given to a judge. A judge will evaluate a number of factors to create custody orders in the best interest of the child. A few of the factors they’ll consider include: 

  • An agreement, or lack thereof, between both parents
  • The child’s needs
  • The child’s relationship with both parents and any siblings
  • Work schedules
  • Mental and physical health of both parents
  • Plans for child care
  • History of neglect or abuse
  • And others

Different Types Of Custody In Alabama

There are two types of custody in Alabama: legal and physical. Legal custody pertains to who will make important decisions on behalf of the child when it comes to things like education, healthcare, religion, and more. Physical custody pertains to where the child will primarily reside the majority of the time. Both types of custody can be shared jointly, or owned solely by one parent depending on the circumstances of the situation. It should be noted that joint physical custody does not mean that the child’s time will be split 50/50 between both parents, but rather a shared schedule for overnights can be created.

Why Work With An Athens Custody Lawyer?

There’s nobody who understands your child as well as you and their other parent do. If you would rather be the one to make decisions about their future, instead of a judge who doesn’t know them, you need to enlist the help of our seasoned custody attorney who has the experience and knowledge to guide you through the steps of creating a custody arrangement with your soon to be former spouse. Working collaboratively is not only more peaceful for your children, but will keep your child’s best interest at the forefront. However, we understand that this isn’t an option for every family due to extenuating circumstances, like one parent having a history of domestic violence or substance abuse. In that case, we know how to advocate for your rights, and protect you and your children. 

Remember that your divorce isn’t just hard for you and your ex; in fact, it’s likely much more challenging for your children, as their life as they know it is being disrupted by divorce. While this might be what’s best for everyone involved, children can’t always understand that. We can help you lessen the impact of divorce and custody matters on their life as much as possible. Our Athens custody lawyers will take the time to get to know you and understand your family situation so that we can tailor a legal strategy specifically to your needs in order to help you gain peace of mind and reach the best possible outcome for your family.

Why Choose Foxtrot Family Law? 

At Foxtrot Family Law, we have over 35 years of combined experience with Alabama’s family laws. We care about helping families through some of life’s most difficult transitions and we put your needs above all else. Allow us to apply our knowledge and experience to your case so that we can protect the people who matter most to you: your children. Call today to schedule a consultation and learn about your legal rights, responsibilities, and options.      

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