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Child Custody & Visitation

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Custody Overview:

In a divorce, one of the most important areas to be decided is the issue of custody.  Oftentimes, it is the issue of custody which causes the most conflict during a divorce.  This happens when the parents lose sight of what is most important.  That is, what is in the best interest of their children. If a legal battle develops between parents who lose sight of this fact, in the end it is often the children who suffer.

In Alabama, one parent is generally given custody of the children following a divorce.  Custody itself, is a separate and distinct issue from visitation.  Both parents maintain the responsibility of raising their children regardless of the labels surrounding custody and are afforded certain basic rights.  For instance, all records and information pertaining to the child, including, but not limited to, medical, physiological, dental, scholastic, athletic, extra-curricular and law enforcement shall be equally available to both parents, regardless of the custody arrangement.

At the end of the day, each parent assumes the responsibility of raising their children and it should be a collaborative effort to do what is in the best interest of the children.

At the Law Offices of Parker Edmiston understand that there is nothing more important to you than your child. Our lawyers have many years’ experience handling family matters. We are knowledgeable of the law in this area and will help you through these difficult issues.

There are many different types of custody in Alabama and it is crucial that you have an experienced attorney represent you in your custody case.

Understanding Custody Terms

In Alabama the term “custody” has several meaning including:

  • Shared parenting: With only a few exceptions, you and your spouse will share parenting of your children under Alabama Law.
  • Primary custodial parent: The parent with whom the children live most of the time is the primary custodial parent.
  • Non-custodial parent: The parent with whom the children lives less of the time
  • Parenting time: You and your spouse, working together, can be creative in establishing visitation schedule that will work for you if you have an uncontested divorce.

Contact Our Law Office

If you need a lawyer to help with your family law matter, contact our law firm to schedule an appointment by filling out the contact form online or by calling our Scottsboro Office at 256-259-0834 or our Huntsville Office at 256-519-5900.


Our Location

209 South Market Street, Suite 101
Scottsboro, Alabama 35768
(256) 259-0834 Telephone
(256) 259-0845 Facsimile

7027 Old Madison Pike, Suite 108
Huntsville, Alabama 35806
(256) 519-5900 Telephone


Law Offices of Parker Edmiston