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Alabama May Drastically Change Child Custody Laws

By Nottage and Ward on April 15, 2011

WAAY-TV in Alabama reports that the state is considering major changes to their laws regarding child custody. Legislators are currently working on a bill that would automatically grant both parents equal custody of their children during a divorce. Cases that involve abuse or neglect would be excepted from the equal custody provisions.

According to the article, there is a strong bias of awarding mothers custody in Alabama divorce cases, with mothers awarded primary custody about 85 percent of the time. Sponsors of Senate Bill 196 intend to do eliminate this bias and give both parents an equal share of parenting, but others feel the proposed legislation is not practical and may harm the children involved.

If passed, the bill may not be easy to implement into Alabama courtrooms, mainly due to practical concerns. It is no secret that, in most families, the reality is that one parent has been the primary caretaker of a child and it can make the divorce process less disruptive if the status quo is maintained for the children and the court is allowed to focus on other issues, such as property division rather than child custody issues. Critics have also argued that constantly exchanging a child between parents whose divorce is particularly contentious may cause a child to develop deep psychological issues. Many experts believe that it is better to resolve child custody issues on a case by case basis. Additionally, there is concern that, if the bill is passed, Alabama courts will be flooded with divorced couples hoping to change their current custody orders.

The Chicago child custody issue lawyers at Nottage and Ward have the experience you need if you are facing a custody dispute in Illinois. We can help you devise a custody arrangement that fits your needs, as well as the needs and best interests of your child. To learn more about your child custody options, call 312-332-2915.

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