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Arab, AL 35016

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Should I Hire a Private Investigator for My Divorce?

By Lana Hawkins |

A private investigator (PI) can be a useful asset for a divorcing party, but PIs are certainly not always necessary. If you have no reason to believe your spouse is lying about anything in particular, a PI might not be worth the expense or possible blowback should your spouse discover they are being followed…. Read More »

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How to Rebuild Credit After Divorce

By Lana Hawkins |

Getting divorced requires gaining or regaining financial independence. Some people go from living at home with their parents straight to getting married, perhaps with a few years of college in between. Some give up college or forego a career to manage the household and stay home with the kids. After divorce it’s time to… Read More »


Who Can Be a Witness in a Divorce Case?

By Lana Hawkins |

Going through a divorce can be a stressful and overwhelming process, especially if the other party is being deceitful or not fully forthcoming in their claims against you. One method that many individuals rely on as they proceed through their cases is the use of witness testimony. Witnesses can serve several purposes if a… Read More »

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How Do I Know if a Collaborative Divorce Is Right For Me?

By Lana Hawkins |

Divorce can be challenging at the best of times. It marks a significant shift in your life, affecting your living situation, your finances, your social life, and many other aspects. In the ideal setting, you and your spouse can come to an agreement on all relevant legal issues so that all you have left… Read More »

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What Is Visitation, and How Does It Work During Divorce?

By Lana Hawkins |

Divorcing couples often struggle with agreeing upon a child custody arrangement. For instance, both parties might vie for sole custody. Yet even if one party secures sole custody, the other party could still be entitled to visitation rights. To learn about visitation and child custody in Alabama, read on. Child Custody in Alabama In… Read More »

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Types of Alimony in Alabama: Temporary vs. Permanent Alimony

By Lana Hawkins |

The legal landscape for alimony (a.k.a. spousal support or spousal maintenance) has changed over the last few decades. Dual-income families are much more common, and parents are more likely to split home-care and child-care responsibilities. Alimony is not guaranteed, and in many states, even when it is granted, it’s meant to serve a particular… Read More »

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What is a Mandatory Settlement Conference (MSC)?

By Lana Hawkins |

It may be surprising to hear, but judges don’t like trials. They prefer parties to settle their matters outside of court and will do everything in their power to encourage settlement. Trials are meant to be a last resort when the parties simply cannot come to an agreement. Alabama courts can, for example, order… Read More »

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When Are Drug Tests Used in Child Custody in Alabama?

By Lana Hawkins |

Child custody disputes can easily become heated and emotionally charged, especially when there are allegations concerning abuse or neglect. Family courts in Alabama prefer to award joint custody to both parents, relying on a presumption that the child will benefit from maintaining a relationship with both parents. When the court is alerted of concerns… Read More »

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What Is a Summary Dissolution and How Do I Qualify?

By Lana Hawkins |

Not every divorce proceeding needs to be a knock-down, drag-out fight. Although divorce can bring up a lot of challenging emotions, many couples come to the mutual conclusion that their marriage is not in their best interests and seek a way to dissolve the marriage as efficiently and painlessly as possible. There are streamlined… Read More »

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How to Challenge a Prenuptial Agreement

By Lana Hawkins |

It’s a very personal decision whether or not to enter into a prenuptial agreement in advance of a marriage. We advise most couples with any pre-existing assets to at least consider a prenup. It’s not about planning for an inevitable divorce. Prenups are about protecting everyone and planning a future together while recognizing that… Read More »

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