Child Custody & Visitation

Things You Should Know About Child Custody in Alabama

In matters of child custody and visitation, it is important to know that both parents generally have equal standing in the eyes of the law. The so-called "tender years doctrine" that presumed that mothers should have custody of any young child is no longer the law in Alabama. It is true, however, that different judges and the courts in different counties may still lean to this point of view.

At the Huntsville law firm of Shelley L. Bilbrey, PC, you will find the sound legal advice and experienced representation you need in order to resolve matters of child custody and visitation. Our firm favors a negotiated settlement in these cases. This is often the best way to minimize the stress and expense of the process. We also hold the best interests of the child as the highest standard in these cases. Contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation with an experienced lawyer.

Modifying Custody

Once a custody determination has been made, the non-custodial parent has to meet a high burden in order to change the custody arrangement. Under the McLendon standard (based on a precedent-setting case), the non-custodial parent has to prove that there has been a material change in circumstances in order to obtain a modification.

If you have reason to believe that your children would be better off in your sole custody, it is better to address these issues now. Modification after the fact can be difficult. You will generally need more evidence to change a child custody order than to get the order you want from the outset. Your best option is to consult an attorney with substantial experience in these cases.

We encourage you to contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with attorney Shelley L. Bilbrey. She will take the time to listen to your concerns and to offer experienced legal advice aimed at helping you find a real solution to a child custody problem. Please continue reading to learn more about child custody and visitation and fathers' rights in these matters.

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