Birmingham Child Custody Attorney

Serving Clients in Birmingham, Shelby County, and throughout Alabama

slider31-300x152Courts must act in the best interests of children when determining child custody in divorce cases, but they are generally inclined to establish a form of joint custody in which each parent has regular contact with the children.

The Birmingham child custody attorneys at Jonathan W. Gathings & Associates understand the emotional challenges of divorce proceedings, particularly those that involve children. Our Alabama child custody lawyers proud to advocate for the best interests of children in divorce; please call us today at 205-545-7475 to schedule your personal consultation if you’re preparing for divorce in which child custody is at stake.

Factors in Determining Child Custody

Although divorcing parents are sometimes able to reach amicable child custody and visitation agreements, custody is often contested and must be determined by the court. Factors a court will consider when assessing the best interests of children in divorce proceedings include:

  • Preferences of the children
  • Each child’s mental and physical well-being
  • Each parent’s mental and physical well-being
  • Each parent’s ability to provide food, shelter, clothing and health care
  • Each child’s established lifestyle, including education

As child custody is a highly personal issue with long-term ramifications, it is advisable to work with a knowledgeable custody attorney who can guide you through this difficult process. The Alabama child custody lawyers at Jonathan W. Gathings & Associates have extensive experience in divorce cases involving children, and we work hard to provide a desirable custody outcome for children.

Forms of Child Custody

There are varying types of child custody that can be granted by Alabama courts, and they are accompanied by differing rights regarding visitation and decision-making abilities for issues such as schooling, religion and health care.

As circumstances permit, the courts typically desire to set joint physical and legal custody. This may entail one parent having primary custody while the other maintains a regular visitation schedule, with both parents sharing decision-making rights.

There are a number of variables that can impact a court’s ruling on child custody, however, and in some cases a court may establish sole custody or limit a parent’s rights regarding a child’s upbringing. For additional information about children and divorcing parents, please see our Child Support page.

If you’re considering divorce or are faced with divorce in which children are present, please contact Jonathan W. Gathings & Associates to schedule your personal consultation with our Birmingham child custody attorney. We are proud to serve clients from Birmingham, Alabama, and throughout Jefferson and Shelby counties.