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New Beginnings Family Law Blog

In Alabama, child custody is determined in the divorce part of the process through what’s called the “best interest of the child standard.” In other words, you have to prove that it is in the best interest of your child to be in your custody verses your spouse’s custody. In…

When people ask how the divorce process works in Alabama, it is first important to distinguish between an uncontested divorce and a contested divorce.  In an uncontested divorce, parties typically resolve their issues through an out-of-court settlement and reach an agreement that addresses such things as custody, visitation, support and…

Today, Alabama’s Governor issued an order for Alabamians to “Shelter in Place.” The question everyone has is, “what exactly does this mean?” WHAT HAPPENS TO MY CHILDREN AND VISITATION? Almost immediately after the breaking news of the shelter in place hit the internet and news, I began to get questions…

The COVID-19 global pandemic has altered our way of life. Non-essential businesses are closed, and children are home from school. But our first responders and health care workers are still on the front lines working every day to protect the community and take care of the sick. During this time…

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our world and overwhelmed hospitals around the globe.  This global pandemic has disrupted our economy and changed the way we each live our daily lives.  In order to slow the spread of the virus, many states and municipalities have issued “shelter in place” or “stay…

There are generally two types of divorce in Alabama: contested and uncontested.  In a contested divorce the couple can’t agree on some or all aspects of the divorce. Pleadings will need to be filed and a process of information gathering called discovery will require both parties to respond to written…

For most couples, their home is the  most valuable asset In a divorce.  The trial court has the power to adjust the ownership of marital residence, whether it was purchased jointly by the parties or owned individually but determined by the court to be marital property, which is generally the…

A divorce can be a quite expensive process. Just how expensive depends on a number of factors, such as the issues involved, like child custody and the composition, value and complexity of the marital assets.  The actions taken by the other lawyer can have an impact on the expense as…

In Alabama, the Court has broad discretion when it comes to the disposition of the family or marital residence in a divorce.  Of course, two reasonable parties can often come up with a more creative solution to the disposition of the family home. Often, the Court will order that the…