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If you have questions or need help with a family law concern in Madison or Limestone County, Alabama, we are here to help. At Charlotte Christian Law, we represent individuals and families, guiding them through the process and representing them in Huntsville family law proceedings. We can help you understand your options and take action. We can advocate for you from start to finish.

Contact our team at Charlotte Christian Law for a private, no-obligation evaluation. We can discuss your concerns, next steps, and the possible outcomes of your case. Then, our team can answer your questions and go to work for you.

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Charlotte Christian Law Can Handle Your Huntsville Family Law Needs

At Charlotte Christian Law, our attorneys work to save our clients money, seek the best possible outcomes for their children, and ensure all involved parties hear their voices. We present strong evidence and a convincing argument to show their side of the case, giving the judge information necessary to rule on their behalf when a court appearance proves necessary.

We represent individuals and families navigating family law matters in Madison County, Limestone County, and other areas of Alabama. We can help you understand and pursue a divorce, child custody case, or divorce modification. We can protect your rights and ensure a fair process. Our compassionate team does not want you to go through this challenging time alone.

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We know how to help clients in divorces involving high assets, professional degrees, stay-at-home parents, custody disputes, abuse, drug or alcohol use, and more. We provide the support and care you need while advocating for your best interests and navigating the legal system for you. We want to ensure the judge recognizes your voice and your point of view.

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What Encompasses Family Law in Huntsville?

Family law is an area of law practice that deals with issues faced by families, such as marriage, divorce, child-rearing, adoption, and custody. County civil courts generally handle family law proceedings.

Charlotte Christian Law handles many family law cases in Huntsville. Some of the matters our lawyers handle include:

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Huntsville Divorces

When a marriage no longer works for the parties involved and counseling or other options are ineffective, divorce can be the best option. Of course, no one plans to get divorced, but sometimes, doing so is necessary. Our attorneys understand this and want to help our clients navigate the process quickly and painlessly.

We handle uncontested, contested, no-fault, and fault-based divorces. We also represent clients during mediation and at trial when necessary. We fight to ensure the court hears their side of the story and considers their needs when ruling on related matters.

Alabama Child Custody

Whether seeking child custody in a dispute or during a divorce, our team helps protect the child’s best interests by presenting evidence on behalf of our clients. We represent families in custody-related concerns, including decision-making, visitation, child support, and more.

We know these can prove emotionally taxing and stressful disputes. But, like you, we want the best outcome for your child. We understand the laws, the factors considered, and how judges in Huntsville most commonly use their discretion in these matters.

Alabama Divorce Modifications

Sometimes, you need to alter a previous court order. As your children grow, their needs change. For example, you or their other parent might change jobs or need to move away. Their extra-curricular activities might require a change in the visitation schedule. Alternatively, your spousal support or child support payment could need an adjustment.

Alabama family law judges understand this, and the court system offers a way to petition for a modification of your current orders. The other party may agree (uncontested) or contest the petition. All modifications require a judge’s approval.

Military Divorce in Huntsville

Courts must consider unique factors when one or both spouses are members of the U.S. military. With Redstone Arsenal nearby, Huntsville is home to many U.S. Army soldiers and their families. Spouses in a military divorce can benefit from a lawyer familiar with these cases.

Huntsville High-Asset Divorce

When significant assets or debts are involved in a divorce, it becomes more complex. Alabama law distributes marital assets equitably. Our attorneys know how to document which assets or debts are individual and community property. We build strong arguments to fight for our clients’ best interests in these cases.

We understand how important property distribution is to your financial future and the sentimental and emotional ties to the family home, prized collections, and family heirlooms.

Alimony in Alabama

Alabama law allows spousal support, often called alimony, under Alabama Code § 30-2-56 and § 30-2-57. This is generally temporary. We can ask for alimony for our clients for a specific reason and for a limited time. This includes finishing education or training for a career, finding a job, renting a new home, or taking other steps now necessary because of the divorce.

In some long-term marriages, we could seek extended alimony.

Huntsville Divorce for Professionals

When one party holds a professional degree, they may want to protect the earning power that comes with it. Alternatively, what if their spouse sacrificed their own goals while they went to school, or the spouse paid for their education? When professionals get divorced, the court must consider many financial factors not heard in other cases. We ensure the court hears our client’s voices in their divorce proceedings.

Uncontested Divorces in Alabama

Our team helps spouses navigate an uncontested divorce. We ensure we complete all paperwork correctly and meet the applicable deadlines. Doing so improperly can otherwise delay the process.

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The Huntsville Divorce Process

The Huntsville divorce process begins when one party files a complaint in family court.

Alabama law allows individuals to file based on fault or one of two no-fault grounds:

– Incompatibility of temperament

– Irretrievable breakdown

Once filed, the other party receives the filing notification and has a limited time to respond. Sometimes, the parties already know how they want to split assets, share custody with their children, and address other issues. Alternatively, they can work together to decide on these factors. Mediation or negotiations through their attorneys may be necessary.

If the parties cannot agree, they may contest the divorce and take the case to court. This process takes time. The judge often enters one or more temporary court orders during this period, addressing child custody, support, and visitation.

Once the trial date arrives, the judge in the family law court hears the factors in dispute and decides for the couple. The court only issues a divorce decree, parenting plan, and other court orders once they resolve all disputes.

Equitable Distribution of Property

Under Alabama Code § 30-2-51 and § 30-2-52, Alabama law distributes assets and debts fairly between spouses. However, a fair distribution does not mean equal. The court considers many factors such as each party’s job, earnings, contributions to the household, and more.

This is one of the most contested issues in a divorce, especially if there are significant assets or debts, special collections, or real estate in addition to the family home.

Child Custody in Alabama

Under Alabama Code § 30-3-150, Alabama law almost always prefers joint custody, if possible and within the child’s best interests. The official policy is to support stable and positive relationships with both parents. When judges decide matters related to custody and visitation, they encourage the parents to work together, share responsibilities, and communicate regarding their children’s best interests.

Still, parents cannot always share equally in their kids’ decision-making and physical custody. To this end, the judge must weigh many factors to determine the child’s best interests. Child support depends significantly on visitation and custody.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in Huntsville Family Law Cases

Our team provides no-obligation evaluations to those with family law concerns in Huntsville. For now, we also offer our answers to some of the most common questions we hear from our prospective and current clients. Do not hesitate to reach out to our team if you have additional questions or want help based on your unique situation.

Does a Divorce Require an Attorney?

Yes. The law is too complicated for you to get divorced, dispute child custody, or modify a previous order without legal representation. Moreover, most people consider working with a family law firm or consulting with an attorney—for good reason.

A divorce rarely proves simple. Emotions can get in the way of logical decision-making. The outcome affects your financial health, children’s well-being, and many other aspects of your everyday life. We always recommend at least a consultation to learn if your case is more complex than you realize.

In a contested divorce involving children, we always recommend hiring a lawyer. The stakes are often too high to handle your case alone.

Does Alabama Have a Waiting Period for Divorce?

Alabama does have a waiting period. At least 30 days must pass after the date of the initial complaint and summons. Only after at least 30 days and an approved agreement or trial will the court grant a divorce. Other timelines and deadlines also apply in these cases. We can discuss what you can expect based on the circumstances of your case during your no-obligation consultation.

What Is the Difference Between a Contested and an Uncontested Divorce?

Courts classify divorces, modifications, and other court petitions as “contested” or “uncontested.” An uncontested petition means the parties agree on all parts of the divorce, and the court does not need to address any issues. A contested petition includes at least one disputed factor. In many cases, they contain several areas where the parties do not agree.

For example, spouses may agree they both want a divorce. They may agree the father will keep the house, and the mother will retain primary custody of the children. However, they may not agree on questions related to visitation with the kids, splitting of assets, or if the situation warrants spousal support. The court would consider this a contested divorce.

Will My Divorce Have to Go to Trial?

Like most other civil cases, divorces generally settle without going to trial. Instead, the parties talk through agreements or attend mediation where they reach a consensus on any contested matters. Their attorneys then prepare a document outlining their agreements.

A judge must approve any agreements, but your attorney can ensure they are appropriate and fair. Generally, the judge will not dispute an agreement if they meet these criteria.

Of course, some divorces go to trial, especially when significant issues block spouses from reaching a compromise. When this occurs, the judge will hear arguments from each side, listen to witness testimony, evaluate evidence, and rule on any disputed matters. The court then issues a decision and decree.

Can We Draw Up Our Own Child Custody Agreements?

In most cases, child custody and visitation schedules settle outside of court. The parents agree on decision-making, primary parent responsibilities, and when the child or children will see the other parent. The courts generally accept this in Alabama.

You will want us to write and review your custody agreement to protect your parental rights.

In a divorce or child custody dispute, these agreements will go into the court order approved by the judge to finalize the case. If you decide to modify them on your own after a previous agreement or court order, a Petition to Modify is a good idea. This officially alters the earlier court order to include the new agreement.

Get an Evaluation and Understand How a Huntsville Law Attorney Can Help

Charlotte Christian Law provides no-obligation evaluation for those with pressing family law concerns or questions about their options. We talk with individuals, couples, and families to determine how we can help. We understand many family law issues in Huntsville bring sadness, frustration, fear, and other emotions. Our compassionate team can provide you with answers during a confidential evaluation of your case.

Contact us today. We can discuss your Huntsville case with you one-on-one.

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The Benefits of Working With an Experienced Team

Experience has taught us that family law issues are often emotionally draining experiences born from loss. These experiences usually do not afford people the ability to think and act logically and without heavy emotion at the same time. That is why it is crucial to rely on a legal advocate that will care and passionately represent you during your time of need.

Our guiding principles of trust and excellence and our proven track record for exceeding expectations set us apart from our peers. It is what drives our vision of helping families like yours feel secure again, create a new life following a loss, and enjoy the bright future you earned and deserve.

 

 

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Huntsville Practice Areas

Charlotte Christian Law Huntsville Office Location:

1500 Perimeter Parkway #275
Huntsville, AL 35806

(256) 859-7277

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