It would be nice to believe that every parent is good to their children. That, when with either parent, a child is in a safe place. Unfortunately, that is not the case. When going through a divorce or when separating from a significant other and there are concerns about a child's safety, Alabama residents can fight for child custody arrangements that ensure their children are in a good living situation.
The sad reality is that children are often victims of violence in their homes or they live with parents who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. A toxic home environment can cause a child to suffer in a number of ways both now and in the future. If one parent is trying to remove a child from such an environment, the state will generally allow it. Of course, it is necessary to prove to the court that the other parent is a danger to the child.
Shared custody is the custody arrangement of choice these days. Studies have shown that children can benefit from having time with both parents. However, if you believe that a shared custody arrangement will put your child at risk, you have every right to seek sole custody. To learn how a family law attorney can help you in your quest of achieving sole custody, please take a moment and visit our firm's website.
Now, for Alabama residents who already have child custody arrangements in place but there are new concerns about the safety of their children, it may be possible to seek custody modifications. Again, it will be necessary to show the court that there is a valid concern before any adjustments to the plan will be granted. If you are in need of a custody modification due to welfare concerns, legal counsel can help with that as well.