When deciding child custody, "the best interests of the child"
is the key, determining factor that a judge will consider when ruling
on a temporary order or a final divorce judgement. Most parents and guardians
understand what this concept means in the broad sense, but are often surprised
by just how extensive and in-depth the considerations are when a judge
is trying to establish a determination.
The truth is, in Alabama, the court will take into account any relevant
factors that it deems relevant to the upbringing of the child. There is
no set checklist of factors to examine in these cases. Instead, the judge
is looking to review a comprehensive look at the family's circumstances
and evaluate how a divorce or a change of custody could affect any minors involved.
Just some of the factors commonly considered include:
- The child's relationship with each parent
- How a change in residence might impact the child
- How a change of residence might impact the child's education
- The child's preference of which parent to live with
- The length of the commute required of parents to adhere to visitations
- The likelihood that each parent will comply with visitation
- How a proposed custody arrangement will financially strain either parent
- Each parent's support of the child's relationship with the opposite parent
- Overall safety and stability of the family (and extended family)
- Any domestic violence or child abuse issues
An Emotional Process
Child custody matters are frequently the most emotional phase of the divorce
process. Clients know that not only is their role in their child's
life possibly in the balance, but also their children’s long term
well-being, as well. At
Beckum Kittle LLP, we understand what is at stake in these cases and always aggressively
advocate for our clients. Our dedicated and assertive Birmingham divorce
attorneys can ensure that your concerns are known before the judge and
your role as a parent or guardian will be given every consideration.
Put your case in trusted hands.
Contact our firm today.