There are quite a few Alabama residents who are members of the armed forces. They put their lives on the line to protect the country, and sometimes, their family lives suffer from their service. Numerous military service members end up getting divorced. For those who have children, the want of joint custody may be an issue in military divorce.
Alabama, like most states, tries to promote joint child custody arrangements when they are deemed appropriate. It is generally good for the kids and for the parents. Unfortunately, military service can make awarding such a custody plan somewhat difficult. Service members who are frequently deployed or relocated may find they really have to fight for a shared custody arrangement -- wrong as that may be.
Military service does not make a person a bad parent, but it can make it difficult for one to be a present parent. This does not mean joint custody is out of the question, it just means that a plan needs to be in place for when deployments or relocations arise. This is, in part, what a family care plan is for. Legal counsel can provide more information about family care plans and exactly what they entail.
At the end of the day, the question "what is best for the children?" needs to be asked. If joint custody is wanted and thought the best option, there may be a way to make it work. If one's military service does not really allow for joint custody, then a fair visitation schedule can be sought. An attorney with experience handling military divorce cases can help service members fight for the custody arrangements that they feel will benefit their families.