Divorce can be emotionally exhausting and confusing because of all the uncertainty that comes with so many lifestyle adjustments. These sometimes jarring changes mean that clarity is essential for reducing stress and confidently facing your divorce. The Zwiebel Law Firm is here to help you understand possible outcomes of your divorce and assist you in achieving the one that’s best for you and your children.
Of all the aspects of divorce, probably none deal with as much emotional investment as child visitation and custody. Child visitation terms are life-altering in that they determine the kind of relationship you’ll be able to have with your children, how often you will see them, and how involved you will be in their lives.
What are judges looking for?
DivorceNet explains that judges have a universal range of qualifications that they consider when awarding child visitation agreements. Like the rest of the country, Alabama judges utilize the “best interests of the child” standard when making decisions. According to the courts, a child’s best interest depends on the key factors below:
- Ages of the children
- Each parent’s living situation
- Each parent’s willingness to support the other parent’s relationship with the children
- Each parent’s relationship with the children before the divorce
- Preferences of the children
- Stability of each parent
- Sexual orientation of each parent (in some cases)
- History or evidence of abuse or neglect both parents
Though it might seem like an obvious fact to you, judges also look for clear evidence that documents your desire to be involved in your children’s lives. VeryWellFamily points out that simply proving that you want to be involved in your children’s lives often isn’t always enough. You might need to convince the court that your involvement directly benefits your children. A lot hangs on your argument, so professionals recommend getting backed by an experienced family lawyer!
How can you prepare for success?
Want to significantly better your chances of getting the child visitation rulings that you want? Work with a family attorney who is highly experienced in the nuances and expectations of divorce cases and family law in the Birmingham area. Elizabeth Zwiebel can help you get the professional support and assistance that you need, ensuring that the wellbeing of your children is protected and promoted.
In a divorce that involves children, a proposed parenting plan is required. A Proposed Parenting Plan should include desired days and times for shared custody, as well as the child support terms that each parent believes are fair. Judges are looking for a well-documented and child-focused Proposed Parenting Plan. Part of our family law services here at the The Zwiebel Law Firm include assisting you as you draft, modify, and present your Proposed Parenting Plan to a judge.
You want what’s best for your family – that means it’s imperative to do your research and hire a divorce lawyer who truly cares about you and your children. Set up a consultation by contacting us online or at (205) 623-1001. Contact us today for more info.
The Zwiebel Law Firm, LLC
826 Columbiana Road
Birmingham, AL 35209
Phone: (205) 623-1001