You can regain financial assets, but you can never recover time lost with a child.
It's Heartbreaking and Difficult
Child custody can be one of the most heartbreaking and difficult aspects of family law and it is vital to have representation that is tough and compassionate where it matters the most.
It Can Be Complicated
Child Custody can be a complex matter, whether brought on by a divorce, modification, paternity, or allegations involving domestic violence and child abuse or neglect.
As a mother of two, Sandra Remington takes all cases seriously but is particularly strong in the face of challenges involving children.
Child Custody in Alabama
Courts in Alabama generally approach each case and make decisions regarding custody by using the “best interest of the child” standard.
When determining what is in a child’s best interests, the Court will consider factors such as each parent’s mental and physical health, the ability of each parent to cooperate with one another when making decisions relating to the child, and each parent’s ability to provide a safe home for the child.
In cases involving a modification of custody a different standard, such as what is referred to as the McLendon standard, a heightened standard for some modifications, may be applied.
You and your attorney will need to determine what standard will be applied to your case, and if this more stringent standard is applied, develop a strategy to best overcome this burden for modification of custody.
Should you have a current custody order in place and want to pursue a modification of custody, having a family law attorney familiar with the laws on custody modifications is vital.
All Court Orders in the State of Alabama make reference to what is referred to as “The Relocation Act,” a set of guidelines for a party to follow should he or she wish to relocate with the child.
Formally known as the Alabama Parent-Child Relationship Protection Act, the Relocation Act requires specific notice and information to the other party should a parent move with the child.
It is equally important for the non-relocating parent to be aware of the precepts of The Relocation Act, as it is required that the non-relocating party file a formal objection to the intended relocation if they do not want their child to move.
On either side of a Relocation- whether you are pursuing a relocation with your child or are objecting to the other party’s move, it is important to have an experienced attorney to guide you through the process and, if necessary, best present your case to the Court.
When it comes to matters involving children, having an experienced and compassionate attorney willing to fight for your family is crucial. If you need advice regarding child custody and related matters, we can help.