My question involves a child custody case from the State of: Alabama
I have a bit of a unique situation. My wife and I are separated, but still, technically, living in the same house. This living situation is mostly because my wife does not work (can't hold a job for very long) and this way she has a place to live, and I can insure that the children are taken care of. Unfortunately, we're getting closer to divorce, and she is going to be moving in with her parents, when the time comes. The living conditions there are not the best. We have two daughters, age seven, and if she moves to her parents' house with them the three of them will have to share a bedroom...or, at the very least, someone will be sleeping in the living room. Not only that, but the house is set up in a way, that the second bedroom also serves as an entry way to the main bedroom...so there's no privacy. The house is in a bad neighborhood, there are at least five known sex offenders within a few blocks, a drug dealer living across the street, and several other criminal types as well. Living there, my children would be exposed to things they've never had to see before. My wife's stepmother is an alcoholic and on several different prescription narcotics, she has a tendency to get mean and hateful with people when she's drinking. Financially, they wouldn't be able to support the children. My wife cannot hold a job for more than a few months at a time (she's currently unemployed). And it's not the best of school systems...which is a big issue for me, because one of our daughters is in special education classes and needs extra help.
Another issue, going back to the neighborhood, is people that my wife has been associating with, lately. She spends every weekend at her parents' house already, and has become friends with some folks that I'm not comfortable having my children around. She's become very close with a man that was recently released from jail for drug possession, and has been spending a lot of time with him and his friends.
If my children stay with me, they stay in the only home they've ever known...with their own bedroom. Continue going to the same school, which is one of the best in our district. And they aren't exposed to the kind of people they would be in my wife's care. I have no problem holding a job, so financially, I can continue to support my children in the same way I have been since they were born.
What do you all think, do I have a good case for custody?