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Recent Blog Posts

Dog on a leash

Who Gets the Dog in an Alabama Divorce?

By Lana Hawkins |

Divorces are always difficult and often involve contentious fights over specific assets.  One common dispute that arises:  What happens to the family pet?  Illinois recently passed a law that treats pets more like children in a divorce, following on the heels of a similar law in Alaska.  Courts in Illinois will now consider the… Read More »

A divorced couple that still remain roommates

Making a Roommate out of a Former Spouse after an Alabama Divorce

By Lana Hawkins |

Breaking up isn’t just hard to do—it’s expensive to do. Couples filing for divorce will find themselves facing court costs, attorneys’ fees, and support payments to their former spouse or for their child. On top of these costs come the expenses of living on your own, which could require you to purchase all-new furniture… Read More »

Gavel on top of a pile of cash

Recent Alabama Law Limits Indefinite Alimony

By Lana Hawkins |

Effective this year, a law recently went into effect that will impact how and when courts will order alimony in an Alabama divorce.  Continue reading for details about the new Alabama alimony law, and contact a qualified and knowledgeable divorce attorney with any additional questions. Alabama House Bill 257:  Rehabilitative and Interim Alimony Under… Read More »

Contested divorce where spouse won't sign the divorce papers

My Spouse Won’t Sign the Papers: Contested Divorce in Alabama

By Lana Hawkins |

It’s a common theme on TV and in Hollywood movies:  “My husband/wife won’t sign the papers, so I can’t finalize the divorce!”  In reality, you don’t need your spouse’s consent to file for divorce, although it does make the process easier.  Alabama has a procedure in place for divorces where the parties can’t agree… Read More »

A form that reads "Child Support Agreement" to indicate recent changes in the law regarding Alabama child support

Recent Changes to Alabama Child Support Calculations May Reduce Support Obligations for Some Parents

By Lana Hawkins |

The Alabama State Bar recently implemented an amendment to Rule 32 of the Alabama Rules of Judicial Administration which may reduce the amount owed by some child support payers.  Rule 32 governs how child support payments are calculated following a divorce.  The amended rule went into effect on June 1, 2018.  The rule does… Read More »

New estate tax law 2018 document

The New Tax Law And Estate Tax Considerations in Alabama

By Lana Hawkins |

In December 2017 President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the 2017 Act).  The new tax law goes into effect this year and may significantly affect estate planning for high net-worth individuals. Under federal law, the estates of decedents who leave behind property may owe an estate and gift tax. … Read More »

Retirement plan folder

New Alabama Law Changes How Retirement Accounts Are Distributed in a Divorce

By Lana Hawkins |

Filing for divorce is never easy, and wading through the complicated rules for valuing and dividing up different kinds of property is a chore best left to experienced divorce attorneys.  Read on to learn about a new law in Alabama that changes how retirement accounts may be distributed in a divorce, and if you… Read More »

Etiquette in Courtroom

Attending a Divorce Hearing? Follow These Tips on Courtroom Etiquette

By Lana Hawkins |

Unless you’re an attorney or courtroom staffer, going to court isn’t an everyday occurrence. Some of us go our whole lives without stepping foot inside of a courtroom—until we’re forced to appear before an Alabama judge on our divorce case. Don’t be intimidated; it isn’t hard to learn and follow appropriate courtroom etiquette. Plus,… Read More »

Splitting home during divorce

Should You Make Installment Payments Part of Your Alabama Divorce Settlement?

By Lana Hawkins |

It’s never easy to arrive at what feels like a fair division of assets in a divorce. On top of battles over alimony and spouses’ contribution to the couple’s financial state, there is the difficulty of splitting seemingly un-splittable items or investment accounts. For instance, many large assets can’t be divided equally without being… Read More »

A divorce lawyer speaking with a couple

Handling Your Divorce Yourself Comes with Risks

By Lana Hawkins |

Divorce can be an expensive and drawn-out process, and many spouses are desperate to find a way to minimize the costs associated with a split. Some believe that, by filing for divorce without a lawyer, they can save hundreds of dollars and expedite the process of finalizing their divorce. While a DIY divorce may… Read More »

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