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Negotiating Child Support

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As in all aspects of divorce, negotiating a settlement for child support is far preferable to having one imposed by the court. The unique aspects and desires of your family can be taken into account during negotiations. In court, long-lasting decisions are made quickly by someone who knows very little about your family. Issues such as college, medical expenses, and the way in which the child support will vary as your lives change can be carefully thought through and (more...)

Smart Divorce: Table of Contents

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Contents
YOUR FIRST VISIT I
Welcome. IIIQuestions to Ask Your Lawyer VWhat are your practice areas and credentials? VAre you trained in alternative forms of dispute resolution? VCan you tell me, in advance, how much this divorce is going to cost and will you guarantee that price? VHow many cases do you handle at one time? VICan I Count On You? VIIOur Promises to You VIIPromise One: We treat you like a person not a case number. VIIPromise Two: (more...)

Achieving Your Best Outcome

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Now that you have worked through the issues of property, alimony, custody, and child support, the last step you need to take to finish this process is to actually finalize your divorce. Ironically, the absolute divorce is generally the easiest and simplest element of a divorce—it is, basically, the official and public statement that the two of you no longer wish to be married. From a legal perspective, it is important that you take this final step; (more...)

Finalizing Your Divorce: The Final Steps

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The final, and sometimes incidental, piece of the process is the divorce itself. The ultimate goal of all of this legal wrangling is to get a legal change made to your marital status—this legal change must be documented in a divorce decree, signed by a judge, and filed with the court system. Just like a marriage license or birth certificate, this is recorded with the state, thus making you an officially divorced person.
States differ pretty widely (more...)

Life after Divorce

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When the Fight Continues
For many of our clients, receipt of the divorce decree closes the door on an unpleasant chapter in their lives. But for many others, the disputes and disagreements continue for years to come. If there are children involved, particularly, you need to recognize that you will, of necessity, be involved in some sort of relationship with your ex for the foreseeable future. With that involvement can come the potential for prolonged conflict, or the potential (more...)

If Anybody Ever Needed Alimony . . .

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If Anybody Ever Needed Alimony . . .

It’s difficult to fathom what the trial court in Madison County was thinking when it decided to deny alimony to a wife in a 22-year marriage whose total income was about 13% what her husband made. Here’s the case: Seymour v Seymour, Case No. 2150915 (Ala. Civ. App. June 30, 2017). The wife appealed, so … Continue reading "If Anybody Ever Needed Alimony . . ."

How Is Legal Separation Different From A Divorce?

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Legal separation is the formal process of confirming an actual separation of the parties, as opposed to filing for divorce.  Parties that chose legal separation do so for religious reasons, do not believe in divorce, or have concerns about medical insurance coverage, among other reasons.  If the parties proceed all the way to a final judgment in a legal separation case, they can obtain the same orders that they would have in a divorce case.  The (more...)

Why Permanent Alimony is Favored by Many People

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Although alimony, which is also referred to as spousal support, is regarded by some as a dirty word, there are still many people who favor it. But there are several states that have rewritten their divorce laws so that permanent alimony can be scrapped.
For several decades in the past, it was usual that after a man and a woman got married, the wife stayed at home and took care of the family to help promote the career of (more...)

How To Get Your Ex Out Of Your Mind

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As you navigate your divorce, a pervasive struggle is learning to get your ex out of your mind. Whether it is because of anger, heartache, jealously, or sadness, the emotions surrounding the person we were married to have a way of making it hard to move forward.
Those emotions can creep up on you when you least expect it, especially when the split wasn’t exactly amicable.
So, the next time you start thinking about your ex&(more...)

What Are the Sources of Alimony in Alabama?

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What Are the Sources of Alimony in Alabama?

Alabama courts have consistently held that determining the appropriate amount of alimony to order in divorce is a three-step process: deciding whether the recipient spouse needs it; deciding whether the paying spouse can afford to pay it; evaluating any equitable principles that should cause it to be increased or decreased. When it comes to that … Continue reading "What Are the Sources of Alimony in Alabama?"