“Words are the essential tools of the law. In the study of law, language has great importance; cases turn on the meaning that judges ascribe to words, and lawyers must use the right words to effectuate the wishes of their clients. It has been said that you will be learning a new language when you study law, but it’s actually a bit more complicated.” – Sheila Hyatt, Law Professor, Sturm College of Law.
Unless you have studied law, or have a legal background, trying to read, understand and apply divorce laws to your particular situation would be at least as difficult to do as if they were written in a different language. Sure, there may be some pieces that you think you understand, but legal language is nuanced and words don’t always mean the same thing as they do in ordinary usage. “The legal meanings of words constitute the common language of lawyers and judges, who rely on this language to communicate efficiently and effectively,” said Hyatt.
So, assuming you don’t intend to go to law school before your divorce, how do you go about learning Alabama divorce laws?
Because of the specificity and precision of legal language depending on context and circumstance, here are a few ways NOT to learn about divorce laws:
- Advice from family and friends who have been through a divorce
- Read blogs by people who have been through a divorce
- Ask your friend to ask their friend who practices another type of law
- Rely on websites such as FindLaw
While sites like FindLaw have helpful information that can serve as a starting point, your absolute best resource for learning divorce laws will be a family law attorney.
The best way to proceed in a divorce
Finding a divorce lawyer who specializes in your type of situation will save you time and effort. Rather than sifting through legalese and wondering if other peoples’ experience has any correlation to your own, an attorney can address your specific situation, educate you on exactly what you need to know, direct you to resources that will be helpful and applicable, and guide you through the process.
At The Alabama Law Group, we do our job with excellence, so that you can focus on what’s most important. We know that you will have plenty of things to think about – kids, finances, housing – decisions to make, changes to adjust to, and more, so let us handle the technical stuff.