Child Custody and Modification

If you and your child’s other parent don’t live together, a formal child custody arrangement is highly recommended. This arrangement will ensure that the child is living in the environment that is best for him or her and that both parents are able to be a part of the child’s life. If you are pursuing custody or visitation rights, you need an experienced family law attorney like Rachel W. Eidson representing your rights during the case.

About Child Custody in Alabama

Alabama establishes child custody arrangements based on the best interests of the child or children involved. Two types of custody exist in Alabama: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody determines which parent is responsible for making important decisions on a child’s behalf, while physical custody determines where the child will live.

Alabama courts may award sole custody to one parent, or they may award joint custody to both parents, or they may award some combination of the two for legal and physical custody. In some cases, courts may award one type of legal custody and another type of physical custody. For example, a parent with sole physical custody of a child may share legal custody with the other parent. Regardless of the custody arrangement, the court will typically establish a visitation schedule that parents will follow to determine when each parent will spend time with the child.


In some cases, a change in circumstances will warrant a modification to the active custody agreement. Examples of circumstance changes include:

  • A change in a parent’s work schedule,
  • Allegations of abuse,
  • Misconduct of the custodial parent,
  • Changes to child’s preferences,
  • Changes to the child’s needs,
  • Relocation of one parent,
  • Death of a parent,
  • Lack of cooperation from one or both parents.

Hiring an Attorney

The laws pertaining to child custody in Alabama can be complicated. In addition, these situations can be stressful for everyone involved. To minimize the difficulty and expedite the process, it is best to work with an experienced attorney who understands Alabama custody laws and has experience with these cases.

Whether you are fighting for sole custody of your child or seeking a modification to the current arrangement, Rachel W. Eidson, LLC, can help. Please contact our office today to learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation. We hope to hear from you soon!

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