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Proof of Cohabitation to Stop Alimony

By Lana Hawkins |

Alimony is generally not meant to be permanent. In Alabama, it’s meant to support the lower-earning party until they are able to support themselves, whether that takes a short period of time or will take more time as they obtain the education, training, and skills necessary to enter the workforce. Other factors can trigger… Read More »

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What Are the Emancipation Laws for AL?

By Lana Hawkins |

Parents are responsible for their children, and children are bound to the orders of their parents. Children are not free to make their own decisions until they reach the age of majority unless they go through a special legal proceeding known as emancipation. Emancipation laws vary by state, and Alabama’s emancipation laws are particularly… Read More »

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Recording Your Spouse in a Divorce: Alabama Recording Laws

By Lana Hawkins |

There’s a common image in pop culture and media where one person uses their phone or some other device to secretly record a conversation with someone else they hope to catch saying something damaging. In anticipation of or during a divorce, it can be tempting to record conversations with your soon-to-be-ex. Especially if they… Read More »

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Tips for a Working Divorced Single Parent

By Lana Hawkins |

Raising kids while married is difficult. Raising kids while divorced and single is even more challenging. When you need to work to support yourself and your family on top of all that, it can sometimes feel overwhelming. Below, our experienced Alabama divorce and child custody attorney offers some tips on how to effectively cope… Read More »

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What is Marital Abandonment in Alabama?

By Lana Hawkins |

Alabama, like every other state, now offers a form of “no-fault” divorce. Parties can file for divorce without alleging or proving any of the traditional grounds for divorce such as cruelty or adultery. Alabama still allows parties to file for divorce based on fault grounds, however, if they so choose. Marital abandonment remains one… Read More »

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Tips for Dealing With Divorce During Holidays

By Lana Hawkins |

Divorce changes things. Your daily routine will be different, as will your holidays. Particularly if you have shared children, the first set of holidays after divorce can pose significant challenges, both logistically and emotionally. Below, our seasoned Alabama divorce and family law attorney offers some tips to get you through the holidays during and… Read More »

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What Are the Legal Separation Laws in AL?

By Lana Hawkins |

Divorce is a decision that rings in finality. Although some divorced couples do get back together, the concept of divorce is focused on the marriage being irreparable and the parties wishing to sever nearly all legal ties to one another. Some parties consider other options before divorcing, or even in lieu of divorcing when… Read More »

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Can I Date While Going Through a Divorce?

By Lana Hawkins |

A divorce should be the first step toward the next phase in your life. Divorce is a time of change, renewal, and growth. While you might be eager to move on with your life as soon as the divorce is filed, there are reasons why dating during a divorce can be detrimental to your… Read More »

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What Are the Grounds for Annulment in Alabama?

By Lana Hawkins |

Annulment is a much more comprehensive and severe legal measure as compared to divorce. A divorce dissolves or ends the marriage. An annulment declares that, for all intents and purposes, the marriage never occurred. If a party successfully annuls a marriage, then for the purposes of insurance, inheritance, and all other legal considerations, that… Read More »

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What Are the Consequences of Hiding Assets in Divorce?

By Lana Hawkins |

Divorces are often heated, emotionally-charged affairs. Spouses are often looking for any opportunity to get one over their soon-to-be-ex, such as by protecting property to which they believe they are entitled or reducing their alimony or child support obligation. Each party is required to file a statement of all known assets during their divorce… Read More »

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