With divorce rates increasing, it is not uncommon for a marriage to end. There are many cases in which children are involved in the relationship and child custody needs to be considered. In the state of Alabama, if the parents can agree on an arrangement, that is typically what the family court will approve. However, if an agreement cannot be reached by the parents, then the family court will be left to decide. Here are a few things to understand about how the decision is reached:
- Joint custody – If possible, the court will generally decide on joint custody. It is usually in the child’s best interest to have both parents involved in his or her life and so joint custody is the most likely arrangement.
- Parental support – When determining the arrangements of who the child is to reside with, parental support is considered. This means the financial, emotional and physical support that each parent can offer is taken into consideration.
- Children’s needs– The court also considers the needs of each individual child. Age and gender can both play a factor in the child custody decision.
A divorce is difficult for everyone involved and the goal of the family court system in Alabama is to keep the child as well supported as possible during this time. For information regarding child custody laws in Alabama, contact J.P. Coleman Law LLC.