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January 2017 Archives

How to handle joint custody after relocation

When you get divorced, you might believe that all arrangements are done once the process is finalized. While this may be true for a time, major life changes can create a need to adjust your parenting plan. One of the biggest disruptions is a move, especially if that move is to a location more than one hour away. While you will most likely not have to go through an extensive trial to amend your custody agreement, it is a good idea to hire an attorney to help you and your co-parent negotiate the new terms for time with your children.

Fathers are very important in their children's lives

Many times mothers and fathers are not compatible and don't stay together after their child is born. But even if a Birmingham mom and dad are no longer together, it doesn't mean that the father is not important. Fathers have an important role to play in their children's lives and it is critical that they are given the opportunity. Men's and father's rights need to be protected in the Birmingham area.

Common law marriage over

Partners have numerous legal arrangements to remain together which pose unique family law issues. However, recognition of one of these legal relationships will end in Alabama. The state will no longer recognize new common-law marriages beginning on New Year's Day 2017.

Paternity tests have low barrier to entry

Over the years, it has become more apparent and recognized by both the scientific and medical community as well as the courts, that the father plays a vital role in a child's life. Decades ago, it was believed that the maternal nurturing of a child was most important, and that the father's traditional family role was that of bread-winner. Times and gender roles have evolved however, and now, more than ever, courts are making certain that a father's rights are honored, both for the benefit of the father, as well as the child.

Benefits to having a prenuptial agreement

If one follows celebrity news and gossip it may seem like everyone is getting a prenuptial agreement these days. But prenuptial agreements are not just for celebrities. They are becoming more and more popular for many engaged Birmingham couples. Although it can be hard for a couple to think about their marriage ending in divorce, there can be many advantages to drafting a prenuptial agreement prior to the wedding vows being exchanged.