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Family law issues don't have to drain your bank account

Divorce is often billed as an expensive, time-consuming process that leaves people worse off than before. This prevailing misconception might even discourage unhappy couples from seeking otherwise necessary divorces. By managing expectations, focusing on financial goals and compromising when necessary, Alabama couples can effectively tackle their family law issues.

What if my ex is lying about these family law issues?

Virtually no one in Alabama wants to come out on the other side of divorce worse for the wear, but it is important to acknowledge that most people will experience at least some initial financial repercussions. In general, careful planning and an eye for detail can minimize these types of impacts. But what happens if one person is purposely lying about the situation to avoid handling his or her fair share of the divorce? There are a few things to keep in mind when dealing with this type of family law issue.

Family law: Do I need a new financial adviser after divorce?

Filing for divorce is about more than ending a romantic relationship. Alabama couples usually want a clean break physically, emotionally, and financially, which gives both parties the room to grow in their new, post-divorce lives. However, some couples may have a few connecting ties that they still need to sever before they can truly put this family law issue behind.

Should baby boomers consider using this family law tool?

After divorce, some people in Alabama feel as if they will never be ready to marry again. However these feelings often fade, and many people go on to find a new love and remarry. This is not always a stress-free process though, especially for baby boomers who may have a few extra family law worries on their plate.

Taxes can complicate family law matters

When splitting up marital property, couples tend to focus on the current value of assets. While it is certainly important to understand how much something is worth while trying to figure out an appropriate equitable distribution, Alabama couples need to take other factors into consideration. The potential tax implications of certain family law decisions could leave one person with significantly less than they expected. 

Child support orders are important part of Alabama family law

No matter their discipline styles or parenting philosophies, most parents in Alabama would probably agree on one thing -- raising children is expensive. Child support is an essential aspect of family law, which ensures that your kids still receive adequate financial support from both of their parents regardless of your marital status. If you are the primary custodian, support payments also help alleviate some of the financial burden you have taken on. 

Family law: Prenuptial agreements on the rise with millennials

Not too long ago, asking for a prenup was seen as a sign of distrust in a partner or lack of confidence in upcoming nuptials. Now most people understand that prenuptial agreements play an important role in asset protection. Like in many other big changes, millennials are leading the way on this significant family law shift. 

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.

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