A brief guide to Alabama family law
The term "family law" applies to a number of different practice areas. Dealing with Alabama family laws does not require you to work with a lawyer, though you may benefit from their advice if you can afford it.
Many people will interact with this component of the law if they are seeking a divorce. Alabama family law does not necessarily have to make this an expensive process. Filing a petition for divorce may be the only expense involved if two spouses can create a separation agreement detailing how they plan to handle issues such as:
• Alimony payments
• Child custody arrangements
• Child support payments
If you and your spouse cannot resolve your differences, Alabama family laws dictate that a judge will issue a ruling as to how these areas of dispute will be resolved. Couples who have minor children may order to attempt mediation. In cases where you cannot resolve your differences, Alabama family laws allow a judge to take any factor they consider relevant into account when making a decision. The best interests of a child are always their top priority.
Keep in mind that no person of sound mental health is required to have a lawyer in order to successfully obtain a divorce. Even if you are involved in a contested divorce which requires you to appear in court, Alabama family law allows you to represent yourself in a "pro se" capacity. However, this is not a good decision to make if you are not an experienced legal practitioner, as you risk inadvertently committing legal errors which weaken your case.
All issues related to the care of children are also resolved by the rules of Alabama family law. If children are in an abusive home or otherwise endangered, child protective services will intervene and create a report detailing what must be done. Alabama family laws dictate a number of steps to be taken in such cases. In extreme circumstances, parents may lose their right to see their children.
Another issue related to Alabama family laws concerns creating a will detailing how your assets will be divided after your death. It is important to create a document using clear legal language that is not open to multiple interpretations. Failure to do so or dying without any kind of will whatsoever will leave your estate open to challenges. Under Alabama family laws, such issues will be resolved through the "probate" process.
Any issue related to the care of elderly relatives can involve a number of legal options. If you become aware that a relative is being cared for by an abusive person or facility, under Alabama family law you may choose to go to civil court. The purpose of such litigation can be to release them from the care of a negligent caretaker or to seek financial compensation for any abuse. Navigating this kind of Alabama family law may require you to hire a lawyer experienced with all the technicalities involved in the legal process. The more advice you can obtain, the better a chance you have of achieving your legal goals.