Once the issue of custody is resolved and you and your co-parent both know what responsibilities and rights you have over your children, the issue of ensuring these rules are properly followed remains. Before the coronavirus came and changed the world as we know it, it was already difficult enough to stick to the rules regarding child custody. However, with the advent of COVID-19, matters have become even more complicated for many families.
Apart from the complications that have arisen regarding visitation rights during a stay-at-home order, there is the issue of massive job loss across the United States. As parents have lost their jobs, many of them are unable to provide the child support they were previously providing to the other parent to help with the expenses of raising their child.
If you fall under the category of a parent who has lost their job due to COVID-19 and you are no longer able to provide the same support payments for your child, you will most likely be able to either have your support payments postponed to a further date, or have your monthly payments reduced to an amount you are able to pay easily. If you can provide proof of loss of income or inability to work due to COVID-19 you will possibly be granted this leniency in your support payments.
Laws that influence my custody rights over my child in Alabama
Alabama follows its own state child custody laws, and like many other states, it also follows the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. This means that aside from having its own laws, all custody cases in Alabama must also respect and try to implement the custody rulings made by courts outside of Alabama as well.
In Alabama, the following laws are followed for every case:
- Joint custody is allowed, and often, preferred
- Grandparent visitation rights are recognized
- The wishes of the child will also almost always be considered
Every case is different and in some situations- such as cases regarding domestic abuse, joint custody, and visitation rights may not be an option.
A child custody lawyer can help
If you are going through a custody battle or struggling to make you support payments during COVID-19, you should connect with a qualified child custody lawyer. An attorney can help you avoid any form of penalization by helping you prove you are no longer able to make the payments.
Reach out to an attorney at Jackie Brown Attorney at Law today to address your COVID-19 related custody concerns:
Jackie F. Brown
74 Midtown Park West, Suite 100
Mobile, AL 36606
P.O. BOX 8671
Mobile AL 36689
Office: (251) 473-3299
Fax: (251) 432-3298