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.

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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.

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