Outside of financial matters like alimony and asset division, child custody is one of the most highly contested issues through a divorce. Even in cases where the parents were never married, working through child custody issues can be complex and difficult. To ensure that your divorce or child custody case ends with the best outcome possible, work with an experienced and effective family law attorney. Christopher Capps can safeguard your children’s future and ensure that the custody and visitation arrangements are made with the best interest of the children in mind.
At the time of your divorce or paternity / parentage action, a determination will be made as to how the parents of the child(ren) share custody. It’s important to understand that there are two types of custody:
Legal custody refers to the parent who has decision making authority. Ideally, both parents share the responsibility equally when it comes to decisions around education, health care and religious training.
Physical custody refers to which parent is physically responsible for the child’s care and well-being. Sharing joint physical custody does not mean that the child exactly splits their time 50/50 between the two households. There are several different factors that will play into how you share physical custody, and there are just as many ways to arrange physical custody so that it works for the children as well as both parents.
There are several key issues to work through for a successful custody arrangement. There are short term, day to day issues like where the child will go to school and whether or not they will play certain sports. There are “bigger picture” issues like what religious beliefs they will be taught or how you will plan for college. Every family’s needs from their custody arrangement will be different, but some of the key items that should be considered are:
If you are working through a divorce or have questions about either establishing or modifying a child custody arrangement, the experienced family law attorneys at Capps & Associates in Dothan, Alabama can help. We look forward to working with you to safeguard your future with your children and ensure a custody arrangement that works towards their best interest.