Joint Custody in Alabama
Birmingham Child Custody Attorney
Are you contemplating a joint custody agreement? If so, it is important
to have a knowledgeable and experienced
divorce attorney who is skilled in
family law and can guide you through the process of drafting a joint
custody agreement. A joint custody agreement can be made outside of court through
an attorney or mediator, or disputed in court to reach a mutual settlement.
Having a Birmingham child custody lawyer by your side will help you find
an agreement through modifying and drafting a clear and concise custody order.
At the Law Office of Zach Horsley, LLC, you can feel confident that you
are receiving dedicated and expert legal advice to assist you in child custody.
Types of Joint Custody
Joint custody means that both parents are equally granted some type of
custody of the child, which can include legal and physical. However, normally
one parent has primary physical custody, meaning that the child will mostly
reside one parent for a majority of the time.
Understand more about each type of joint custody in the section below:
Joint legal custody: Both parents have equal responsibilities in making decisions regarding
the child including matters such as the child's education, health
care, religious practices. However, the court may appoint one parent to
make certain decisions solely.
Joint physical custody: Each parent will receive shared time with the child, though the child
may reside with one parent during the week and the other on the weekend,
or for a set number of weeks off and on.
When making the decision regarding custody, the parents and courts must
take into account the child's best interest as well as analyzing the
parents' abilities to care for the child. Other deciding factors that
are considered include the child's wishes, age, location of school
and community, and relationships with extended family members.
Once you have decided on joint custody, the court requires you to create
a plan that work out matters concerning the child's care and custody.
Matters discussed in the provision include the child's education,
medical and dental care, holidays and vacations outlines, and child support.
Seeking legal representation? Call my firm!
If you are working through your joint custody agreement, the Law Office
of Zach Horsley, LLC is here to assist you. My firm can make the process
go as smoothly and organized as possible to ensure the best possible custody
results for you and your child.
Contact Law Office of Zach Horsley, LLC today for a
free initial consultation.