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Arab, AL 35016

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Tips for Navigating Divorce with Children

By Lana Hawkins |

Divorce is never easy, but when children are involved, extra layers of emotions and legal complexities enter the picture as well. Dissolving the marriage while getting what you want and need regarding issues such as alimony or marital property division is important, but the emotional well-being of your children is paramount. Choosing the right… Read More »

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What Happens to Loans During Divorce?

By Lana Hawkins |

Divorce can be a challenging period, and the issue of debt division only adds to the complexity. This blog post will answer two critical questions many people have when facing divorce: “Is a personal loan marital debt?” and “Am I responsible for my spouse’s debts if we divorce?” Understanding how Alabama law handles these… Read More »

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How Is Child Support Determined in Alabama?

By Lana Hawkins |

When parents split up, court orders are necessary to ensure that custodial parents have the financial support they need to properly care for their children. Child support is essential for ensuring that the basic needs of a child are met, including shelter, food, health care, and education. Alabama, like other states, has a set… Read More »

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Navigating the Complications of a Divorce Later in Life

By Lana Hawkins |

Late divorces, sometimes dubbed “gray divorces,” can bring with them a host of unique challenges and complexities to individuals who have spent a significant portion of their lives together. Aside from the emotional implications, the end of a long-standing union can have far-reaching consequences on various aspects of life. The financial nuances of a… Read More »

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Why Should I Get a Prenuptial Agreement?

By Lana Hawkins |

Prenuptial agreements, also known as premarital agreements or “prenups,” protect your assets and other financial matters in the event of divorce. Prenups are becoming more popular among couples of all income levels. They are no longer the exclusive purview of the rich and famous, if they ever were. Below, we discuss a few of… Read More »

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Understanding Shared Custody in Alabama

By Lana Hawkins |

Shared custody, also known as joint custody, is a type of custody arrangement in which both parents have legal and physical custody of their children following a divorce. In Alabama, shared custody is one of the most commonly used custody arrangements. It allows both parents to have equal access to their children, and for… Read More »

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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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