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Understanding a father’s rights

The relationship between parents and their children is often more easily maintained for married parents, but that doesn’t mean that the relationship is any less important for fathers of children involved in an unmarried or divorced situation. Throughout the years in the United States, the medical field has acknowledged the importance of a father’s role in a child’s life. The courts have followed suit, implementing laws over the decades to assure that a father’s rights are protected and making itContinue reading

What can we learn from celebrity divorces?

It is not uncommon for divorces to end up messy. This may be especially true of celebrity breakups, which often involve high assets and complex property division, as well as a spotlight by paparazzi and media, often exacerbated by gossip and over-the-top headlines. Fortunately, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have taken the high road with regards to their divorce. This comes following nearly two years of separation, leading some to speculate that the two were in the process of reconcilingContinue reading

Cannot afford child support payments? Here is what to do

Divorce has a lasting emotional and financial impact. If you are struggling to make child support payments, you might fear garnishment or other penalties. While you want the best for your child and your ex-wife, sometimes life changes unexpectedly and you just cannot meet the requirements. Thankfully, there is a process for modifying your child support order. Here is a guide to revising your child support payments. Gather proof You need a solid reason for requesting modification. Some potential justifications include:Continue reading

The right approach to family law issues can make a difference

There are often many issues and that need to be resolved during the course of a divorce that can cause stress and cause someone to think irrationally. After all, if a marriage was going well, you wouldn’t be in the process of a divorce. While some of the ill feelings can pass, sometimes divorcing couples may make decisions to spite the other person, despite the fact that the decisions themselves are not ideal for anyone involved. During these troubling times,Continue reading

Mel B and Stephen Belafonte going through custody battle

The divorce process is already difficult on its own, but divorcing with children can really complicate the matter. Parents in Alabama and elsewhere find it challenging to see eye-to-eye when their parenting time is up to the chopping block. While co-parenting is often ideal, divorcing parents can go back and forth and what they believe is best for the child and what arrangement meets the best interests of the child. According to recent reports, former Spice Girl Mel B andContinue reading

Parenting time: quantity versus quality

When parents file for divorce, they are faced with many divorce issues; however, nothing is more pressing than the child custody agreement they will reach. It is often difficult for a parent to transition from spending all of their time with a child to spending 50 percent or less of the time with them. Because it is an often difficult and emotional divorce issue, it is important that parents understand their situation and how they can best navigate it. ParentingContinue reading

Helping you request spousal support in a divorce

Divorce can be a very complex life event. Even when Alabama couples would rather avoid such a messy process, it is sometimes clear that it is better for the spouses if they were no longer together. After a divorcing couple accepts the fact that they are parting ways, it is essential to consider what is important to them and what they see themselves walking away from the marriage with. While property division is a hotly debated topic during dissolution, whenContinue reading

My ex wants to move my kids to another state

Your ex-partner wants to move your kids out of Alabama to another state. Out-of-state relocations can alter the terms of your custody and parenting time agreement, making it harder for you to see and maintain a relationship with your kids. Parental relocation rules are often confusing for many parents. Here is some information that can help you to protect your parental rights. Notice of intent In many divorce and child custody agreements, there is a clause that discusses relocations. IfContinue reading

Bill would bring major changes to child custody law

A bill currently pending in the Alabama Legislature would significantly change the way family court judges determine child custody issues. Many Alabama judges who responded to a recent survey indicated that equal custody is not commonly ordered. Senate Bill 186, introduced by Senator Larry Stutts of Tuscumbia, seeks to change this byencouraging equal physical custody in more cases. Currently, Alabama law does not require equal physical custody in cases where joint custody is ordered. Senator Stutts’ bill would create aContinue reading

Do women have more rights than men in custody disputes?

Although there is a common perception both in Alabama and throughout the rest of the country that mother have an upper hand in a child custody dispute over the fathers of the children, the law of Alabama largely Birmingham fathers and mothers on equal footing when it comes to child custody. In other, men’s and father’s rights are just as important to a court as are the rights of the mother. A couple of specific observations are in order toContinue reading

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