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5 Myths About Child Custody

Child custody disputes can be stressful. Unfortunately, a lot of that stress is the result of misconceptions about Alabama child custody law. Here are five of the biggest myths and the realities behind them:

1. Child Custody Arrangements Are Based On The Needs Of The Parents

The primary driving factor in determining child custody in Alabama is actually the well being of the child, rather than the needs of the parents.

2. The Mother Is Favored In Child Custody Battles

Alabama child custody law does not favor the mother over the father. It is recognized that, in most cases, the best outcome for the child is to continue to have a strong relationship with both mother and father.

3. Full Custody Is A Realistic Possibility

When parents say full custody, they are typically referring to what is called sole custody. Situations in which one parent would be granted sole legal and physical custody, while the other parent would have no contact with the child, are rare. Even if sole physical custody is granted, the other parent would likely have visitation rights. More often than not, there will be some form of joint custody that allows both parents to continue playing a role in raising the child.

4. If Child Custody Is Divided Evenly, There Will Be No Child Support

Child custody arrangements may have an impact on child support payments. However, there are other factors that need to be taken into consideration as well, including each parent's income. Simply because child custody arrangements are even or close to even does not necessarily mean that there will be no need for child support payments.

5. Child Custody Arrangements Are Set In Stone

One of the biggest reasons for heated battles in child custody cases is that the parents believe that the arrangements will be absolutely permanent. That is not the case. The law recognizes that circumstances change. Arrangements are not set in stone.

Get The Facts About Child Custody From A Trusted Attorney

If you have questions about how child custody really works in Alabama, it is in your best interest to speak with a lawyer who is experienced in handling these cases. At the Law Offices of Vickers & White, PLLC, we can answer your questions and help you take steps to protect your relationship with your child.

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