Child Custody and a Father's Parental Rights in Alabama
In Alabama, the "tender years doctrine" that granted preferential custody rights to mothers of young children, is no longer the law. It is important for fathers to understand that while they may have equal rights to custody and equal standing in court, individual judges and the courts in different counties may still prefer to award primary physical custody to mothers.
We know that fathers are more and more involved in their children's lives. Fathers pick up their kids from school, take them to the doctor, read them bedtime stories and do all the things that may define a primary parent.
If you are a father seeking sole custody of a child or just want to have your parental rights to visitation recognized by the courts, we can help. At the Huntsville law firm of Shelley L. Bilbrey, P.C., we help fathers in northern Alabama assert their rights in child custody and visitation matters. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced lawyer.
You May Need an Attorney Who Will Stand Up for Your Rights as a Father
While fathers may technically have equal footing in the courts, it is still the case that in many jurisdictions, obtaining sole custody of children or truly fair visitation rights over the mother's objections can be an uphill battle.
You need an attorney who has the skill and experience to stand up for your parental rights. You also need an advocate who is sensitive to the complex emotional issues that may be involved and who will work hard to protect the person who is most important in this situation — your child.