Birmingham Child Visitation Lawyer

Serving Clients in Birmingham, Shelby County, and throughout Alabama

When it comes to determining child custody and child visitation in divorce, Alabama courts are tasked with acting in the best interests of the children, and the issue can become emotionally charged if parental rights are contested.

If you’re preparing for divorce in which children are present, it’s important to work with a compassionate and knowledgeable Alabama child visitation attorney to protect your rights and the best interests of your children. The Birmingham family law lawyers at Jonathan W. Gathings & Associates are dedicated to protecting children in divorce proceedings, and we are here to help you and your children through this difficult process; please call us today at 205-545-7475 to schedule your personal divorce consultation.

Child Visitation Schedule

Divorce decrees will specify the custody terms of minor children and include language that details the rights and requirements of the noncustodial parent regarding visitation. With the help of an experienced family law attorney, divorcing parents can often agree upon a suitable visitation schedule that serves the interests of their children.

A judge may approve this timetable drafted by the divorcing spouses or use a standard visitation schedule. There are variances in the standard visitation schedules used by courts, but they generally establish weekend visitation rights of the noncustodial parent and detail rules regarding:

  • Holidays
  • Summer/breaks in school
  • Birthdays
  • Vacations

Factors in Determining a Child Visitation Schedule

Courts consider a number of factors when assessing child visitation rules, including but not limited to:

  • The physical and mental well-being of the children
  • The distance between parents’ residences
  • A parent’s necessity to travel for work

The visitation schedule set by the court will also include guidelines regarding transportation of the children. Depending on the circumstances, any visitation rights with grandparents or other relatives may also be outlined. Visits outside of the parameters of the court-approved schedule may generally be decided upon by the parents without additional court authorization.

The Alabama child visitation attorneys at Jonathan W. Gathings & Associates understand how difficult the divorce process can be for both separating spouses and their children. We seek to eliminate the emotional trauma to children amid divorce and eliminate some of the stress our clients feel as they try to move forward.

If you’re preparing for a divorce in which children are present, please contact Jonathan W. Gathings & Associates today to arrange your personal consultation with one of our experienced Alabama child visitation attorneys. We welcome clients from Birmingham and the greater Shelby County and Jefferson County, Alabama, areas.