Five Myths About Child Custody in Alabama

5 Common Myths about Child Custody Issues
Divorce is almost always a stressful situation for everyone involved, especially children. When it comes to child custody, the likelihood of a battle is pretty high. The reason? There are too many misconceptions about the laws regarding child custody in Alabama. Here, we will dispel the five most common myths regarding child custody.
No. 1 – The mother will most often be awarded primary custody
This simply is not true in Alabama. In fact, Alabama’s child custody laws do not favor either parent. Instead, determining what is best for the child is the primary deciding factor. In reality, that usually means attempting to maintain a strong relationship with both parents, if at all possible.
No. 2 – Child Custody depends on the needs of the parents
As stated above, it is the child’s well-being that is the driving force behind every child custody determination. The needs of the parents do not factor into the equation.
No. 3 – Sole custody is the most common arrangement
In reality, sole custody is not the most common result in most cases. Sole custody, or full custody, means that only one parent will have legal and physical custody, while the other parent would have limited contact with the child. This is actually very rare. Nevertheless, in situations where sole custody is warranted, the non-custodial parent would most likely still have some visitation rights. In most cases, joint custody is awarded to both parents so that they can both continue to raise the children together.
No. 4 – When there is joint custody, there will be no child support award
While the child custody arrangement may impact the child support payments ordered by the court, there are also many other factors that are considered as well. Each parent’s income is one of the most important factors. Regardless of whether both parents have equal custody, there may still be a need to order child support payments for a parent who needs them.
No. 5 – A child custody arrangement ordered by the court cannot be modified
Possibly one of the most common reasons child custody cases turn into a huge battle is the belief that the arrangement ordered by the court is absolutely permanent. That is not necessarily true because, as the courts recognize, circumstances often change. For that reason, child custody decisions are not set in stone.
If you have questions regarding child custody or any other family law matter, contact us online or by calling Brad J. Latta at (205) 823-1223 for a consultation.

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