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Minimum Contacts for a Long-Arm Divorce

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Minimum Contacts for a Long-Arm Divorce

There are three ways a party filing for divorce in Alabama – or for that matter, filing any civil case – can get jurisdiction over a defendant who lives in another state: The defendant consents to being served. The plaintiff serves the defendant personally (hands the defendant appropriate documents) while the defendant is physically present … Continue reading "Minimum Contacts for a Long-Arm Divorce"

Is the Farm a Marital Asset?

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Is the Farm a Marital Asset?

That old farm had been in the husband’s family since before the marriage. Was the wife entitled to share in its value in divorce? The Alabama appeals court says yes, even though neither spouse ever lived there. The case is Davis v Davis, Case No. 2150657 (Ala. Civ. App. May 5, 2017). That link, by … Continue reading "Is the Farm a Marital Asset?"

Forcing Testimony About Adultery in a Divorce Trial

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Forcing Testimony About Adultery in a Divorce Trial

Every divorce lawyer has a story about one (sometimes both?) spouses being forced to “take the 5th” in a divorce trial. They’re speaking of the standard technique of forcing the other spouse to claim his or her 5th Amendment privilege against self-incrimination rather than being forced to come clean with the court about an adulterous … Continue reading "Forcing Testimony About Adultery in a Divorce Trial"

Not Ready for Divorce Decree, But You’re Entitled to Service

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Not Ready for Divorce Decree, But You’re Entitled to Service

Poor Kevin Allison. Unwilling either to pay someone like me $100 for an uncontested divorce or to do his own homework to find out what is needed, he filed pro se but didn’t file all the required documents, so he got a three-sentence order from a clearly exasperated court: “FINAL ORDER OF DIVORCE filed by ALLISON … Continue reading "Not Ready for Divorce Decree, But You’re Entitled to Service"

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?"

Reducing Child Support in Alabama

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Reducing Child Support in Alabama

Child support in Alabama is designed to be dynamic, to go up and down as Mom’s and Dad’s incomes change, and as their respective expenses for child care and health insurance change. In Humber v Humber, Case No. 2150922 (Ala. Civ. App. May 12, 2017), we have an example of what happens to child support … Continue reading "Reducing Child Support in Alabama"

Does Committing a Crime Satisfy the McLendon Standard for Changing Custody?

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Does Committing a Crime Satisfy the McLendon Standard for Changing Custody?

Most everybody who deals with custody issues in Alabama knows about the McLendon standard. Arising from the case of Ex parte McLendon, 455 So.2d 863 (Ala. 1984), the McLendon standard (after judicial reinterpretation and clarification over the years), now provides that a noncustodial parent seeking to change custody must show three things: (1) that he … Continue reading "Does Committing a Crime Satisfy the McLendon Standard for Changing Custody?"

Don’t Try To Get DHR To Pay an Attorney Fee in Alabama

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Don’t Try To Get DHR To Pay an Attorney Fee in Alabama

It’s a given in Alabama that when a party is in contempt of court, that party is liable to pay an attorney’s fee to the other party. So you can forgive Mark David Allen for asking for an attorney fee when DHR botched up his case. The case is Alabama Department of Human Resources v … Continue reading "Don’t Try To Get DHR To Pay an Attorney Fee in Alabama"

3 Sure-Fire Tips for New Co-Parents

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3 Sure-Fire Tips for New Co-Parents

This article is provided by Tim Backes and Custody X Change. Your divorce is inevitable. You’ve tried everything to avoid it, but it’s going to happen. No matter how you look at it, even if you know it’s the best course of action, it still hurts. While it’s perfectly natural to feel that pain, if … Continue reading "3 Sure-Fire Tips for New Co-Parents"

Poppy Seed Oil May Be The Ingredient Needed To Make A Baby

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Before you go dropping tens of thousands of dollars trying to get pregnant, doctors say you should try a technique that’s been around for a century.
Back in the 1920s, doctors used a poppy seed contrast fluid to flush fallopian tubes before an X ray. Recently, some doctors changed that solution to a water-based contrast.
Then doctors started noticing that couples struggling to conceive got pregnant shortly after an imaging study. That inspired researchers in the Netherlands (more...)