6 Common Divorce-Related Legal Issues in Alabama

6 Common Divorce-Related Legal Issues in Alabama

Marriage is complicated, but so is divorce. If you’re in a troubled marriage, a divorce might be the best option for you, but it’s important to keep in mind that divorce isn’t easy. There are many pieces of the puzzle that build one complex case. The following are six divorce-related legal issues in Alabama.

1) High Asset Divorces

When high-value property is involved, the complications of divorce rise quickly. Assets at stake include 401(k) accounts, retirement funds, alimony issues, private investments, and more.

2) Child Custody and Visitation

In the past, when parents were working through a divorce, it was assumed that the mother would receive primary custody of the children. However, the laws in Alabama and throughout the country have evolved. Family law courts recognize the benefits of having both parents actively involved in their children’s lives. The judges’ main concern in child custody matters is protecting the best interests of the children.

3) Child Support

This area of family law has become more complicated recently as a result of fathers’ rights. In fathers’ rights situations, paternity and DNA are used to establish fatherhood so the father can enjoy his parental rights with respect to his children, especially where visitation rights are at issue.

4) Division of Property

In Alabama, the courts divide marital property between the spouses in accordance with a system of equitable division of property. Unlike many other states where marital property laws require the courts to evenly split the shared property between the spouses, Alabama marital property laws are written in a way to allow judges to divide the property in a way that’s equitable, fair, and just.

5) Alimony

Alimony (also referred to as spousal maintenance) is commonly awarded in a divorce proceeding where the marriage has gone on for a number of years and in which one of the spouses contributed significantly more to the overall household income.

6) Divorce Modifications

When divorce arrangements are created, they should reflect each party’s current situation. However, as time passes and families’ situations change, it may be necessary to update alimony, child support, or child custody and visitation arrangements. This is when divorce modifications occur.

This blog post should not be taken as official legal advice. If you need more information or you’re considering divorce, it’s best to speak with an experienced attorney, like Daniel H. Chambers, Attorney at Law, PC.

Mr. Chambers is a respected attorney in the Alabama legal community who takes pride in successfully negotiating favorable settlements for his clients because he never wants his clients to spend a dime more than necessary.

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