The divorce process is already difficult on its own, but divorcing with children can really complicate the matter. Parents in Alabama and elsewhere find it challenging to see eye-to-eye when their parenting time is up to the chopping block. While co-parenting is often ideal, divorcing parents can go back and forth and what they believe is best for the child and what arrangement meets the best interests of the child.
A bill currently pending in the Alabama Legislature would significantly change the way family court judges determine child custody issues. Many Alabama judges who responded to a recent survey indicated that equal custody is not commonly ordered. Senate Bill 186, introduced by Senator Larry Stutts of Tuscumbia, seeks to change this byencouraging equal physical custody in more cases.
Although there is a common perception both in Alabama and throughout the rest of the country that mother have an upper hand in a child custody dispute over the fathers of the children, the law of Alabama largely Birmingham fathers and mothers on equal footing when it comes to child custody. In other, men's and father's rights are just as important to a court as are the rights of the mother.
Many times mothers and fathers are not compatible and don't stay together after their child is born. But even if a Birmingham mom and dad are no longer together, it doesn't mean that the father is not important. Fathers have an important role to play in their children's lives and it is critical that they are given the opportunity. Men's and father's rights need to be protected in the Birmingham area.
Over the years, it has become more apparent and recognized by both the scientific and medical community as well as the courts, that the father plays a vital role in a child's life. Decades ago, it was believed that the maternal nurturing of a child was most important, and that the father's traditional family role was that of bread-winner. Times and gender roles have evolved however, and now, more than ever, courts are making certain that a father's rights are honored, both for the benefit of the father, as well as the child.
"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." William Congrave penned that line in the 17th Century and, when it comes to father's rights, the same may be said of your ex after a messy breakup.