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Is My Alimony Periodic Alimony or Alimony in Gross?

Alimony, Divorce

That was the question in a recent case where an Alabama couple was divorced in 2013 with a settlement agreement reached by the parties. The divorce provided that the husband was to pay to the wife $500 each month for eight years as alimony in gross. In addition, the judge ordered the husband to maintain […]

Retirement Benefits for Service Members in a Divorce

Military Divorce Articles

When deciding whether or not to get divorced in a military relationship, it is crucial for each spouse to understand the complexities associated with the retirement system in the military. Knowing which accounts each party is entitled to, as well as the proper way to value the funds and draft the decree are major undertakings […]

Military Retirement and Divorce

Military Divorce Articles

The rules regarding the division of military retirement during a divorce are an intersection of federal and domestic state law that can be complex and sometimes downright confusing. The amount of retirement to be divided upon divorce is dependent upon the number of years a spouse has served, the number of years the parties were […]

Military Divorces versus Civilian Divorces

Military Divorce Articles

Military and civilian divorces are very similar. The federal government has a laissez-faire attitude about most things concerning family law. When their service members are involved, however, it can be a different story. The following is a basic overview of some of the major differences you can expect between a military divorce and a civilian […]

Military Divorces and Support

Military Divorce Articles

Generally speaking, the military will let couples go through the divorce without much interference from the government. One area that military Command will intervene in is the issue of child and spousal support. Amount of Payment The military requires their service members to provide “adequate support” to family members, although how much this is varies […]

Child Custody in a Military Divorce

Military Divorce Articles

Contested custody cases are some of the most fraught matters in litigation. The stress is compounded if one parent happens to be in the military and is facing deployment or relocation. Couples with a military partner should work diligently on keeping lines of communication open, and always remember to keep the best interest of their […]

Alabama Child Custody and Visitation Schedules

Child Custody Articles

“Children are not possessions. You don’t “allow” the other parent extra time. When you say this, you imply that you think of your children as “things,” not humans.” –Author Unknown Chapter 3, Title 30 in the Code of Alabama notes the laws about Alabama custody and visitation schedules. Below is some general information concerning custody […]

Child Custody in Alabama

Child Custody Articles

“The best security blanket a child can have is parents who respect each other.” –Author Unknown Alabama Code Title 30 Marital Domestic Relations § 30-3-151 The following is a list of possible custody grants in Alabama divorce cases: Joint Custody: joint legal and joint physical custody Joint Legal Custody: Both parents have equal rights and […]

Child Custody Modifications: McLendon Standard

Child Custody Articles

Modifying child custody involves more than most parents understand. In cases where parents have joint legal custody and one of those parents desires to change custody, the burden of proof falls upon him or her. That proof must be presented before the Court. McLendon Standard The 1984 case of Ex Parte McLendon set the standard […]

Helping Your Child Understand and Cope with Divorce

Child Custody Articles

“I had a really good childhood up until I was nine; then a classic case of divorce really affected me.” –Kurt Cobain A divorce is a difficult experience for adults to endure and often even more traumatic for children to accept. Children often do not understand the reasons why their once loving mother and father […]