Dothan Family Law Attorneys
Handling Divorces, Child Custody, and More in Alabama
Making changes to your family is never easy, but Capps, Gil & Parker, LLC is here to make the process less difficult. Whether you are going through a divorce, resolving a custody dispute, or even preparing to grow your family through marriage or adoption, we can guide you through the legal complications of family relationships. Tell us your story at (334) 490-6344 today.
Not every marriage lasts forever, and divorce is nothing to be ashamed of. Nevertheless, there are some legal realities you will need to face before your divorce is final.
In an uncontested divorce, you and your former spouse agree on how to divide property, share parenting time, and handle other major issues. An attorney can help you document your wishes and file with the court.
More often than not, however, couples come to our firm with contested divorces. In these situations, each spouse retains their own lawyer and negotiations commence. Sometimes, contested divorces become uncontested divorces as a result of the negotiations process. Others, our attorneys will need to represent you in family court.
Since marriage is a legal contract there must be a legally acceptable reason (grounds) before a judge can grant a divorce. In most states, including Alabama, there are two types of divorce: no-fault divorce and fault-based divorce. Alabama allows spouses to allege irretrievable break down or the marriage or incompatibility in no-fault divorces. Fault-based divorces are complex by nature and include several acceptable grounds including:
- either spouse committed adultery
- abandonment of the marriage for a period of at least 12 months
- a mental illness that caused a spouse to be institutionalized for at least 5 consecutive years and the spouse is incurably insane at the time of the divorce filing
- imprisonment for at least 2 years, with a sentence of at least 7 years in prison
- a crime against nature, human or beast, before or after the marriage
By consulting a divorce attorney you may better understand the grounds for divorce in Alabama and which grounds applies to you. A skilled divorce attorney can walk you through each step of your divorce and help you understand your rights.
No matter what you’re facing, our team at Capps, Gil & Parker, LLC is ready to stand by your side and represent your interests. Contact our Dothan family lawyers to get started.
Spousal Support and Alimony
When you get married, you merge your finances with another person, so getting divorced can interfere greatly with your financial wellbeing. This is especially true when one spouse spent the marriage as a homemaker and has not been supporting themselves financially, or when one spouse makes more money than the other.
Alimony, or spousal support, exists to make the transition easier for one spouse. The most common type of alimony in Alabama is periodic alimony or “rehabilitative support” that allows one spouse the opportunity to (re)enter the workforce and become self-supporting. Periodic alimony can be paid for up to 5 years. If the couple has been married for longer than 20 years, the court may award permanent alimony.
Overall, the purpose of alimony is to ensure that both spouses are able to live independently and afford everyday expenses both during and after the divorce. If you need help negotiating alimony, our firm can help.
Child Custody and Support
Some of the most difficult aspects of divorce for families that have children are child custody and support. You and your spouse will need to make important decisions about your children’s futures. This includes deciding where they will live, who they will spend time with and when, and how they will celebrate holidays. If you cannot come to an agreement, you may have to let the courts decide which parent should receive custody.
Alabama courts prefer joint custody, but many times, one parent is granted primary physical custody and the other parent gets visitation rights. In some cases, the non-custodial parent will also need to pay child support. These issues can arise even if the parents never married.
Child custody and support are sensitive topics, so you need compassionate advocates on your side. At Capps, Gil & Parker, LLC, you are not just a case or a number; you matter to us, and we want to help you receive the best outcome for your children and your family.
Modifications and Other Family Law Concerns
Even after your divorce is finalized, your family may grow and change. If you need to renegotiate an agreement or change a custody plan because circumstances have changed, we can help you pursue modifications.
We can also help you with issues like paternity, adoption, and even pre-nuptial agreements (prenups), so you can expand your family with peace of mind.
Dealing with family law matters is personal, so you want lawyers who treat you like a person. Our team at Capps, Gil & Parker, LLC is dedicated to you and committed to helping you make your story one you’re proud of. In addition to being kind and compassionate, we advocate aggressively for your rights and goals. We are experienced and we truly care. At Capps, Gil & Parker, LLC:
Results matter. Experience matters. You matter. One call does it all.
“I have known Rafael Gil for decades. I know no sharper legal mind you could retain to solve your problem.”- Jason
“I have confidence that he would always do his very best no matter the situation. I truly believe Mr. Parker wants to be helpful to others.”- Fletcher
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