What are the Most Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?

There has been a sharp increase in pedestrian accident fatalities in recent years. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), there were more than 6,500 pedestrian deaths in 2019. This was the highest number of deaths since 1988 and a 30% increase over the pedestrian fatality rate in 2009, just a decade earlier.

It is getting more dangerous each year to walk outside around vehicles. And when a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, the chances of a serious or fatal injuries are far greater than when two vehicles collide. Pedestrians have very little protection, and when they are hit by a vehicle or large object, there is not a lot to keep them from hitting the pavement.

Why are There so Many Pedestrian Accidents?

There are several reasons why pedestrian crashes occur, some of the most common include:

  • Improper Lane Use: Many pedestrian accidents happen when a bike that is riding on a sidewalk forces the pedestrian out onto the road where there is often oncoming traffic. In these types of cases, it is usually the bicyclist who is at fault.
  • Unmarked Crosswalks: Pedestrian accidents often occur at crosswalk intersections where the pedestrian is crossing the road. Many of these crosswalks do not have signals, and this makes it far more difficult for pedestrians to know when it is their turn to cross.
  • Dangerous Turns: Drivers who make dangerous or illegal turns are at much greater risk of colliding with a pedestrian. This danger is heightened when cars are turning left, because both the driver and the pedestrian are looking in a different direction.
  • Speeding: Motorists who drive too fast have far less time to react, hit their brakes, and otherwise adjust to adverse road conditions that may arise. And when a vehicle strikes a pedestrian at a higher speed, the pedestrian is more susceptible to severe and catastrophic injuries.
  • Alcohol: In approximately 50% of all pedestrian accident cases, alcohol plays a role. In two-thirds of alcohol related pedestrian crashes, it is the driver that is intoxicated. In the rest of the cases, the pedestrian is the one who has consumed alcohol. The dangers of drinking and driving have been well documented for several decades, but drinking and walking can be dangerous as well, especially when a pedestrian has consumed a large amount of alcohol.
  • Dark Clothing: Approximately 70% of pedestrian accidents happen at night, and around half occur on the weekends. After the sun goes down, dark clothing is more difficult for drivers to see. When walking at night, it is good practice for a pedestrian to wear bright and lightly colored clothing.
  • Distractions: A growing number of pedestrian accidents are caused by distractions. Drivers can get easily distracted by their cell phones, passengers, food and drink that they have in the car, and numerous other things. Walkers can also get distracted by their cell phones, and many of them have the music on their headphones turned up too loud to hear nearby traffic.

The GHSA points to a number of trends that might be driving the recent rise in pedestrian accidents:

  • Larger Vehicles: During the past decade, the percentage of larger vehicles on the road has vastly increased. More Americans are purchasing SUVs, pickup trucks, and minivans as the price of fuel has dropped and the economy has strengthened. Larger vehicles are more difficult to see out of, which puts pedestrians at greater risk. And when a big vehicle strikes a pedestrian, the risk of serious injuries is greater.
  • Unsafe Road Crossings: The majority of pedestrian fatalities happen on local roads, at night, and away from intersections. In fact, during the past decade, the nighttime pedestrian fatality rate has increased by 67%, compared to a 16% increase in fatalities that happened during daytime hours. The GHSA says that this trend highlights the need for safer road crossings and enhanced efforts to make pedestrians and vehicles more visible.
  • Unsafe Driving Behaviors: As we discussed earlier, alcohol plays a role in half of all pedestrian crashes, and many are caused by other unsafe driving behaviors such as speeding, distracted driving, and drowsy driving. Far more needs to be done to curb these behaviors and help keep pedestrians safe.

Contact an Experienced Alabama Personal Injury Attorney

If you or someone close to you suffered injury in a pedestrian accident in Alabama, Coumanis & York is here to help. Call our office today at 251-990-3083 (Daphne) or 251-431-7272 (Mobile) or message us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. We look forward to serving you!

Can a Criminal Record Affect a Personal Injury Case?

Everyone makes mistakes, and many good individuals have been convicted for a criminal offense. It might be a DUI or maybe a minor drug charge, or it could be a drunken disorderly conduct offense from your college days. Everyone deserves a second chance, and as time goes by, you seek to put the past behind you and move on.

Unfortunately, having a criminal history is not always easy to get away from. Prospective employers do not look kindly at someone who has a criminal record, and it can make it more difficult to secure housing, loans, college admission, or the right to carry firearms. Another instance when having a criminal background could become a factor is if you are involved in a personal injury claim.

To be clear, personal injury lawsuits are civil actions that operate independently from the criminal justice system. As such, everyone has the right to pursue monetary damages against a person or party that injured them, regardless of what might be in their criminal history. But while a criminal record should have no direct impact on your personal injury case, the other side may still try to use it against you if they become aware of it.

When Would a Criminal Record Matter in a Personal Injury Case?

In determining whether your criminal history might impact your personal injury claim, one of the first things to look at is the type of offense you were convicted of and if it is relevant to your current case. Typically, a criminal conviction would only be admissible if it helps prove or disprove something of consequence that is related to your claim.

For example, if you have a drunk driving conviction that happened 10 years ago and you are suing a retail store because you slipped and fell on a wet floor and hurt your back, the DUI would not appear to have any relevance with regards to your current claim. If, on the other hand, your offense involved some type of fraud or dishonesty, like passing a bad check, then the other side might try to use it to question your credibility.

What Can I Do About my Criminal Record in a PI Case?

The good news is that there is a good chance your criminal history will not even come up during your personal injury claim. The majority of injury cases never make it to trial in the first place, because it is generally in the best interests of all parties to settle without going through costly and protracted litigation. That said, you should always be prepared to go to trial if necessary, and as such, you should be ready to address your criminal record if it does come up.

With this in mind, the first thing you should do is tell your attorney everything you know about your criminal conviction. Your attorney needs to know all of the relevant facts, so they can deal with any potential negatives well ahead of time and put together the strongest possible case on your behalf.

After you inform your lawyer about your conviction, they could deal with it in a number of ways, depending on the specific circumstances in your case. For example, if you are preparing for trial, they may go over several potential scenarios with you to help ensure that you are fully prepared for what the other side might do. They will advise you to be upfront and honest about your criminal history if it comes up, and in fact, it might even make sense to get out in front of it by bringing it up to the court first and explaining it before the other side has a chance to.

The important thing is to avoid doing anything that might damage your credibility as a witness. Defense attorneys are very good at catching a witness in a lie in order to discredit their testimony, also known as “impeaching the witness”. Answer all of your questions honestly, so the other side is not able to do anything that would cause the jury to doubt your testimony.

Another possible option may be to expunge your criminal record before your personal injury case gets to trial. Expungement would remove your criminal history from the public record, so this might be a good option if your case qualifies.

Alabama only allows certain criminal offenses to be expunged, such as non-convictions for municipal violations, traffic offenses, ordinance violations, misdemeanors, and nonviolent felonies. Speak with your attorney to determine if expungement might be an appropriate strategy for your case.

Contact a Skilled and Knowledgeable Alabama Personal Injury Lawyer

Dealing with a criminal record is just one of numerous complicating factors that may come up when you are pursuing a personal injury claim. And because this is a complex area of the law, it makes sense to be represented by an attorney who has extensive experience with these types of cases.

Coumanis & York provides experienced representation for personal injury clients in the Mobile, AL area. We are also highly skilled at criminal law, and we have an in-depth understanding of how these two areas of the law intertwine. For a consultation with one of our attorneys, message us online or call us at 251-990-3083 (Daphne) or 251.431-7272 (Mobile). We look forward to serving you!

What You Should Know About Public Intoxication in Alabama

Everyone knows that drinking and driving can land you in jail. But what about having a drink or two, hanging out with your friends, and goofing off? 

The answer is that it depends on where you’ve decided to do those activities.

In Alabama, drinking and carousing in public can be construed as public intoxication, a serious offense that can land you in jail just as fast as if you got behind the wheel of a car.

What is Public Intoxication in Alabama?

Under Alabama state law, Code 13A-11-10 states:

“(a) A person commits the crime of public intoxication if he appears in a public place under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, or other drug to the degree that he endangers himself or another person or property, or by boisterous and offensive conduct annoys another person in his vicinity.”

But what does this legalese mean? If you are arrested and charged with public intoxication, the prosecutor must prove several things:

  • That you were in a public place. This could include a park or common area such as parking lot or in a building hallway, or even a car parked in a public area;
  • That you were under the influence of a controlled substance such as alcohol or a drug (or both);
  • That you endangered yourself or another person, or property, whether personal or commercial; and
  • That you annoyed someone else with offensive or boisterous conduct.

The first and second points are relatively easy for prosecutors to prove. However, the final two are more subjective, and therefore, more difficult to establish and prosecute.

If “just horsing around” with your friends leads to a charge of public intoxication, you can face penalties, including fines and jail time. What are the possible penalties that come with a charge of public intoxication in Alabama?

What are the Penalties for an Alabama Public Intoxication Charge?

When the arresting officer snaps cuffs on your wrists, you probably won’t be thinking that you’re lucky to live under Alabama law. You are, though, because state statutes list public intoxication as a violation, not a felony or a misdemeanor. Under current law, a violation is subject to fines up to $200 and 30-days in jail. While 30-days in jail is not easy and $200 not cheap, it’s certainly better than facing a possible felony conviction.

No matter the penalty, you’re in trouble. Having an arrest or a conviction on your record could make it harder to find a job. It could negatively affect the outcome of a civil suit. It might affect your ability to remain in college or attend graduate school. 

An arrest is always a black mark on your permanent record with long-term ramifications that could kill your future opportunities. So, what should you do if you’re arrested for public intoxication in the State of Alabama?

Get Help for Alabama Public Intoxication Arrest

Anytime an arrest occurs, you need a legal team on your side as quickly as possible.
A good lawyer can help you achieve a better outcome when your fun night turns into something that you regret. An experienced attorney can develop a legal strategy that will:

  • Help you understand and navigate the legal process
  • Establish where you were when the incident happened
  • Prove whether your actions really did violate the law
  • Determine whether the arresting officer acted appropriately

An attorney can review the case and provide you with the legal options for resolving it. Your Alabama lawyer will research the facts of the case and present evidence in your defense if you go to trial. 

A good lawyer can improve the chances that the charges of public intoxication can be lessened or perhaps even overturned. A law firm can also help reduce the penalties should you be convicted.

If you’ve been arrested for public intoxication, call the legal team at Coumanis & York. We have more than five decades of experience, and our firm is devoted to the idea that everyone deserves a strong representation in the Alabama court system. 

Public Intoxication Arrest? Call on Coumanis & York

Being charged with a crime is frightening and disorienting. The criminal justice system is a maze that you do not want to navigate on your own. If you lack skilled and experienced legal representation, the chances are high that you will get lost in the legal system. The ramifications will stick with you for the rest of your life.

We can help you turn things around and get your life back on track as quickly and painlessly as possible. If you’ve been arrested for public intoxication in Alabama, call on the experienced legal experts at Coumanis & York at 251-990-3083 (Daphne) or 251-431-7272 (Mobile). We can help you find justice and protect your rights. 

Alcohol and Spring Break—Getting Arrested for DUI in Alabama

According to the travel industry, more than 1.5 million students and families choose to take a break each spring and go on vacation. Spring break is an American tradition, and Alabama is a common destination with our gorgeous white sand beaches and plenty of activities to keep you entertained.

One of those activities, particularly for college students, is partying. Unfortunately, it’s all too common that someone eventually ends up behind the wheel after having too much to drink. The result could be a driving under the influence (DUI) charge. If you’re arrested for DUI in Alabama on spring break, what should you do?

DUI Charge in Alabama

There is nothing like that peculiar sinking feeling that sets in when you realize you’ve made a life-altering mistake. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 1.5 million Americans experience that feeling each year when they are charged with DUI. 

The penalties are high for DUI, and in Alabama, the charges are severe. In 2018 there were some changes to standard DUI rules, which added two new charges to the menu of possible penalties. One allows the court to look back 10-years at your history to determine if you’ve been charged with other crimes, including DUI, in the past. The new rule replaced a look-back law that only went back five years.

The significance is simple; if you’ve had a prior arrest for DUI within the past five years, that makes the current arrest a second conviction, and the penalties are even worse.

The second change in the laws that occurred in 2018 requires an ignition interlock system. If you’re in pretrial diversion, which could allow alternative sentencing other than jail time, the courts may require a breath alcohol ignition tool installed in your car. These devices, which are very expensive to install, require the driver to breathe into a mouthpiece before the car will start. You could be required to have this device in your car for up to two years.

These new rules are in addition to the regular penalties for DUI in Alabama, and as mentioned previously, they are severe.

Charged with Alabama DUI, Now What?

If you’ve been charged with DUI while on spring break in Alabama, a lot is riding on your seeking legal help immediately. The penalties for even a first-time DUI are onerous. In addition to the legal penalties, having a driving while drunk on your record could impair your ability to get a job or an apartment, or even get into college. At the very least, your auto insurance will skyrocket, assuming you can get coverage.

In Alabama, if you’re convicted of DUI while on spring break or at any other time, the penalties include a suspension of your license for 90-days, fines of up to $2,100, and up to a year in jail. This is for your first DUI conviction, and the penalties go up from there. 

If your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is high, the judge could be inclined (or required by law) to seek higher penalties. If you’ve caused an accident or have minors in the vehicle, the penalties could also be higher. We should also note, if you’re under 21, any alcohol in your system can get you charged with a DUI. 

What to Do If Charged with DUI on Spring Break

If alcohol is part of your spring break, never get behind the wheel of a car. The risk is just too great. However, if you’ve been stopped and are charged, several things will occur:

  • Arraignment, which is the court appearance after the arrest.
  • The trial and appeals process could go on for a while, especially if you are found guilty initially and seek to appeal the decision.

The number one thing you want to do if you are pulled over for a DUI while on spring break in Alabama—or, at any time—is to avoid conviction. That’s where the offices of Coumanis & York can help.

What About Minors and DUI in Alabama?

The penalties can increase even more if you’re arrested on a driving under the influence charge, separately, or even in addition to these other charges. Even a first offense on a DUI could have long-lasting implications affecting college, employment, finding a place to live, or even getting affordable car insurance in the future.

A first-time DUI in Alabama can:

  • Suspend your license for 90-days
  • Charge fines of up to $1,200
  • Put you in jail for up to a year

These penalties can exacerbate if your blood alcohol level is extremely high, if you cause an accident, or even if other minors are in the car. If you are a minor, you can be charged a DUI for any amount of alcohol in your system. 

Beyond ruining spring break, any of these charges can change your life forever.

If you’re under the age of 21 in Alabama, you are not permitted to consume alcohol. However, if you are 19 to 21 years old, you can work in a professional restaurant that serves alcohol. You just can’t drink it yourself.

A MIP criminal charge can land you in jail. If you’re 18 to 21, you will face charges in adult court. If you’re less than 18, you’ll still be in trouble, but won’t face charges in the adult court or risk of spending time in an adult jail.

If you are 18 to 21 and charged with MIP, it’s serious. You would face jail time and fines. The rules are defined under Alabama Code Title 28. Intoxicating Liquor, Malt Beverages, and Wine § 28-1-5. The law states:

“It shall be unlawful for a person less than 21 years of age to purchase, consume, possess, or to transport any alcohol, liquor or malt or brewed beverages within the State of Alabama.”

If convicted, the statute requires a fine of not less than $25.00 or more than $100.00. While that may not sound like a big deal, the law goes on to stipulate that you can also be imprisoned in the county jail for “not more than 30 days.” However, the courts can impose both the fine and jail time. But that’s not the only charge that the police have at their disposal.

Preventing a DUI Conviction in Alabama

The first step toward preventing a DUI conviction in Alabama is simply to never be charged with the offense in the first place. To prevent a DUI charge during spring break:

  • If alcohol is involved in your spring break, make sure you never get behind the wheel of a car. This advice is obvious, but easy to ignore in the heat of the moment.
  • Understand the laws where you’re vacationing.
  • Plan your party in advance. Always set a designated driver or call Uber.

If you’ve been stopped for DUI, the best thing you can do is immediately call our firm at 251-990-3083 (Daphne) or 251.431-7272 (Mobile).  Coumanis & York offer experienced representation to help you navigate the Alabama court systems. We will vigorously defend your rights and stand beside you during all parts of the legal process. 

How to Talk to Your Children about Divorce

Divorce is a time of transition, and transition brings stress. While dealing with the stress of the unknown, your mind is flooded with questions. How do I find the best family law attorney in Foley, AL? How do I handle the close friendships that I share with my spouse? And above all, how do I talk to my kids about the divorce?

If you are facing a divorce in Alabama and you are looking for a reputable attorney to represent you and advocate forcefully for your best interests, Coumanis & York is here to help. Call our office today at 251-260-3927 to set up a consultation with a member of our legal team.

Speaking with Your Children About Your Divorce

One of the best ways to deal with divorcing when you have children is to gather as much information as possible about how best to help them handle it. Here are some of the most important guidelines to follow when talking to your kids during a divorce. Each one can be adapted to your unique parenting style and family.

Listen More Than You Talk

Children deal with the stress in different ways. They may react differently than you expect. In order to ensure that you address their true feelings and concerns, hear them out. Ask open ended questions and let them know you are listening. During a time like this, children want to know that they are being listened to, and that their feelings and concerns are being validated. You might not like some of the things they have to say – but let them say them anyway. Just being allowed to vent frustrations about a situation can go a long way toward accepting the circumstances and adjusting to them.

Make Sure They Know that These Difficult Times Aren’t Permanent

Focus on the temporary nature of the stress and problems you are facing now. This approach will help your kids develop a perspective of strength and perseverance. You may not know what the future looks like exactly, but you can help them focus on the constants. Both of their parents will continue to love them. Some routines will not change. You will still be a family.

Your children may not be able to take as much of a long-term view of the situation as you can, so do not expect them to understand everything you are saying right now. Assure them that they will be able to understand things much better as time goes on, and let them know that, although there will be difficulties for a while, most families come out of stressful times much stronger than they were before.

Don’t Keep Them in the Dark

Overall, the more information your kids have about the things that impact them during this time, the better. The more clarity you can provide, the more secure they will feel. Do keep them outside of the conflict, but don’t keep them in the dark. Of course, much of what you decide to share will depend on the ages of your children when you break the news to them about the divorce. For example, there are some details that you would share with older kids but would be hesitant to share with kids who are younger.

Tell your kids why the divorce is happening but do so without blaming the other parent. Better yet, break the news to your children together with the other parent if that is possible in your situation. Tell them what will change and what will stay the same, reassure them that the divorce is not their fault, and invite their questions.

Give Your Children Time to Adjust to the News

It is important to understand that because every child is unique, each one will have a different reaction to the news that their parents are getting a divorce. For some, the initial reaction will be anger, for others, it will be sadness, or they may show very little emotion at all. Some will fire off several questions right away, while others will stay mostly silent as they try to absorb what you are telling them. This is a major change in their lives, and you need to give them the time they need to adjust to it. Be very patient and understanding with them and try not to get too frustrated if they are not moving on as quickly as you would like them to.

Turn to Coumanis & York for Legal Help with Your Alabama Divorce

Going through a divorce is one of the most stressful periods in a person’s life. And this is especially true when you have children that are dealing with the effects of it as well. During times like these, you need attorney you can count on to effectively handle all of the legal aspects of your divorce.

The team at Coumanis & York is ready to go to work for you, and we will work hard to protect your legal rights and secure the most desirable outcome (based on your unique needs and concerns). To get started, message us online or call our office today at 251-260-3927 to schedule your initial consultation.

Hiring a Lawyer for Juvenile Criminal Cases

No one wants to be in a situation where they have to hire an attorney. But, in the event that it happens, it’s best to hire one in the early stages of an investigation, especially in juvenile cases.  The legal system is complex, and prosecutors and district attorneys know how to maneuver it in such a way that most people without legal expertise cannot keep up.

When to hire

It’s crucial that a lawyer be retained as soon as possible if your juvenile child is being interrogated by authorities.  Juveniles often don’t understand the scope of their actions and their situations.  This weakness can be exploited and used against a defendant.  The longer a juvenile remains in questioning, the higher the likelihood they may confess to something erroneously, or will say something that can negatively impact their case.  Hesitating to contact a lawyer can cause extreme issues.

Who to hire

In legal matters, it’s best that you get a local lawyer.  If you have connections in other cities, they may not help you, because they aren’t familiar with the intricacies of the local laws.  Additionally, they may not have experience in local courtrooms.  Local lawyers often have relationships with judges which can positively affect the outcome of your case.

If you find your child in the unfortunate situation of needing legal help, it’s best to seek a juvenile criminal defense attorney in Fairhope, AL, as soon as possible.

The Justice System’s Role in Domestic Violence Cases

Domestic violence has only been considered a violation of the law for a relatively short amount of time. For this reason, and because it’s often hard to gather evidence or even testimony, it’s a very complicated field. The most important thing to know, however, is that the law does strive to protect anyone being abused inside their homes or out of them. Most lawyers, such as ones who work in family law or a DUI criminal defense attorney in Daphne, AL can explain the specifics of your case to you, but we have a few general points to keep in mind.

Police Response

Every police station has its own procedure to follow in the case of domestic violence reports, but they always follow up on these reports and take action if necessary to ensure the safety of families or individuals. They are also required to document details about the incident whether they make an arrest, which is helpful if you ever take a case to court.

Court Cases

Domestic violence is a criminal case, and anyone who commits this crime will be prosecuted even if the victim no longer wishes to press charges. Depending on the nature of the abuse, it can either be classified as a felony or a misdemeanor with a wide range of potential sentences for each of these. However, that is not necessarily the end of the court’s involvement. Your DUI defense attorney in Daphne, AL, can help you if you want to create an additional civil case. For instance, you may want a divorce or a restraining order, and legal counsel is always helpful in these situations.

The Role of Attorneys in Probation & Parole Violations

​If you or someone you know is in need of a parole or drug crime attorney in Foley, AL, you may want more information on defense attorneys and how they can help you.

Preparing the Case

Any legal matters can be complicated and full of a number of details. An attorney can help you unscramble all the details and figure out your best course of action. They can advise you on how to present your case to get the best outcome possible. Attorneys will have all the legal resources that you will need at their disposal and the experience to utilize them properly.

Presenting the Defense

As important as it is to have a plan, it is also just as useful to have someone with you during the hearing or trial itself. A drug defense attorney in Foley, AL will have more familiarity with the courtroom and court proceedings. They can help guide you through the process and make sure you have all necessary information prepared ahead of time and make sure you understand everything happening during the hearing. Attorneys are trained to find ways to help you to make sure you receive the lowest possible penalties for any charges, whether they involve fines, jail time, or other types of penalties such as community service. They will also make sure you know what duties you have before, during, and after the hearing, so that you stay on track.

What Are the Differences between Theft, Robbery and Burglary?

If you or someone you know is charged with a crime, or even if you feel it’s your civic duty to learn about the laws of our country, you may be wondering about the difference between a few similar terms that involve taking something that doesn’t belong to you. A criminal defense attorney in Fairhope, AL can give you information pertinent to your own situation, but continue reading for a quick breakdown

If you or someone you know is charged with a crime, or even if you feel it’s your civic duty to learn about the laws of our country, you may be wondering about the difference between a few similar terms that involve taking something that doesn’t belong to you. A criminal defense attorney in Fairhope, AL can give you information pertinent to your own situation, but continue reading for a quick breakdown

Theft

Any time you take someone else’s property from them without their consent and intend to deprive them of that thing permanently, it’s theft. This is one of the most common crimes.

Robbery

If you take something from a person by force or fear, it’s a robbery. It’s like theft, but you’re using violence or the threat of violence against a person. You could be taking items that belong to them personally or that they have control over, like cash at their place of employment.

Burglary

If you enter any structure or dwelling intending to commit a crime. Even if you don’t actually commit theft or anything else, you can still be charged with burglary. You don’t even have to be breaking into a house. It could be anything else, such as tents and other temporary structures. If you aren’t sure whether certain actions constitute burglary or another crime, a criminal law defense attorney in Fairhope, AL can give you more information.

The Role of Family Court in Child Custody Cases

​Family courts decide a range of domestic issues, such as divorce and child custody. Many people will hire a family lawyer in Daphne, AL, to try mediation instead of bringing the matter to court. Unfortunately, not everyone can reach an agreement this way, and so it becomes the responsibility of the family court to make a ruling on several important issues.

Custody

If a family court takes a case, it is most likely that a judge will preside over the trial without the assistance of a jury, since that is most common in the United States. The judge’s job is to get as clear a picture of the situation as possible. This means speaking to all sides, especially the children, to get all perspectives. He may also look into how the child is doing in school or assign other neutral third parties like doctors or social workers to evaluate the situation. He will try to figure out what would be the most stable and healthy environment for the child, because the child’s wellbeing is his first priority.

Related Issues

If you use family court services in Daphne, AL, the courts may decide more than just who has custody of the children. They may also rule on issues like visitation rights or child support if the two parties are unable to come to an arrangement themselves.