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Are student loans the newest family law issue?

Although divorce is a uniquely personal experience for Alabama couples, there are overarching trends that run through many filings. One of the newest trends popping up in family law courts? Student loans. Couples are increasingly blaming the end of their marriages on overwhelming student debt. 

What does family law say about child custody?

For Alabama parents, there may be no greater concern during divorce than how much time they will have with their children. Regardless of how invested in the matter you are, child custody is a difficult topic that can be even more difficult to sort out. Family law can be nuanced, which makes understanding how it applies to your unique situation confusing.

Family law experts report increase in women paying alimony

Many men in Alabama associate divorce with one thing -- alimony. Commonly referred to as spousal support, this post-divorce payment has long been shouldered by men, leaving many women with the impression that they cannot ever be ordered to pay their exes. Now, family law experts say this standard is changing.

According to family law, that family heirloom may stay with an ex

Family heirlooms are precious reminders from the past, regardless of their inherent value. Many people in Alabama assume that their heirlooms will stay with them after a divorce, regardless of how the object was owned during their marriage. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily how family law functions, and without proper planning, a beloved heirloom might end up going to an ex-spouse.

Disability may present need for child support modification

It is common for a custodial parent to need financial assistance in caring for his or her children. In most cases, this assistance comes in the form of child support payments from the noncustodial parent. However, some changes in circumstances could have Alabama parents reconsidering their support terms.

Child custody often has children living in single-parent homes

In ideal situations, children would get to grow up with both of their parents present. Of course, this type of arrangement is not always feasible for a variety of reasons. In particular, divorce can cause Alabama families to separate into two households, and numerous children live in single parent homes for most of their lives due to child custody arrangements.

Divorce can be painful and support may help

Marriage can be a beautiful and heartbreaking arrangement. For a time, individuals may feel beyond happy, and later, they may come to realize that the relationship they once had no longer exists. As a result, many Alabama residents may find themselves contending with the pain and other difficulties of going through divorce.

Forgetting perfection may help lower divorce costs

When a relationship becomes unhappy and unhealthy, one of the main concerns may relate to ending the marriage as easily as possible. Of course, divorce proceedings can have their difficulties, and even after filing a petition, many Alabama residents' next concerns may involve figuring out how to pay for the process. Dissolving a marriage can certainly prove expensive, but there are ways in which parties could work toward keeping their costs on the lower end.

Are you paying support to an ex-spouse who refuses to work?

After high school, you went to college, and while there, you met your significant other. After you both finished school and worked for a while, you married, settled down in Alabama and started having children. Your spouse quit the workforce in order to raise the kids, with every intent of going back to work when they got a little older. Well, divorce entered the picture, and now you are stuck paying support to your ex who can, but will not, find a way to support him or herself.

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