"Half of the couples who decide to say 'I do' will ultimately decide to divorce." This statistic is often stated as fact, but it is a little off the mark. In reality, approximately one-third of marriages will end in divorce and, while still a large portion, that is considerably less than fifty percent. This might not be the only family law fact that is different than commonly assumed.
Pet owners have unique bonds with their four-legged friends. They often go to great lengths to make sure that their pets are as happy and healthy as possible, and many even consider them as members of the family. But Alabama family law does not see pets as family members, which can cause a lot of conflict during divorce.
Couples usually do not decide to end their marriages on a whim. Filing for divorce is typically the result of years' worth of problems. Marital and family law problems may look different for everyone, but the underlying reasons for those problems are much more similar than most people realize. Here are two common behaviors that push partners apart from one another and toward divorce.
Just like there is no age limit for falling in love and getting married, there is also no age limit when it comes to divorce. Whether a couple is only a few years into their marriage or have spent decades together, an unhappy marriage is an unhappy marriage. Virtually all divorcing couples in Alabama will have to deal with many of the same issues. These include things like property division and alimony. However, couples who are past the age of 50 will have some unique family law concerns.
Couples have plenty to consider during divorce. From property division to spousal support, it often seems as if there are more and more matters to deal with around every corner. Parents face even more hurdles to finalizing their divorces -- child custody. Here is how child custody is treated under Alabama's family law.
Alabama couples usually spend months planning and coordinating their dream weddings. However, this planning process is usually missing an important family law tool -- the prenuptial agreement. Even if the idea of a prenup seems scary or like something that is only for the very wealthy, most couples could truly benefit from creating this type of agreement.
Staying in an unhappy marriage is not emotionally healthy for anyone involved. Unfortunately, some people choose to stay married because they are worried about the outcomes of divorce. Although some concerns are justified, many are based on myths or only partial truths. Separating the myths from the truth can help those who are hesitant to move forward and take the necessary steps for divorce.
Getting the right amount of spousal support is important for the person paying and the recipient. When the payer has a steady, reliable income, determining the proper amount may not be too difficult. However, when someone has a variable income or earns from multiple sources, this family law matter can become a lot more complicated.
Summer break is rapidly coming to an end. All across Alabama, students and their families are buying school supplies and getting ready to head back to school for the fall semester. While this might seem like a straightforward process that happens year after year, it can be difficult for divorced, high-conflict parents. Here are a few ways in which family law might provide further guidance on this strained period of time.
The difference between "marital" and "separate" is an important distinction. In a divorce, individuals can keep their separate property but must split up marital property. Some couples choose to create prenuptial agreements before they marry that address these items along with other aspects of family law, but younger couples are trying out a different approach. Unfortunately, it might not be as effective as they might hope.