When you negotiate a divorce settlement, it is absolutely essential that you have a full and accurate view of your marital finances and that understand your legal rights and options. If you do not have a Birmingham divorce attorney and lack accurate legal information, your spouse could have the upper hand. You may walk away with less than you deserve, putting your and your children’s financial future in jeopardy.
At Alabama Divorce & Family Lawyers, LLC, we are committed to representing individuals during all types of divorces, whether the situation is amicable or contentious. We will fight for what is fair for you and your children, whether we can do so through settlement negotiations, mediation, or in court. To discuss how we can help you obtain an equitable divorce settlement agreement, contact us online or call (205) 255-1155.
If you have questions are you are not yet ready to give us a call, use our community discussion forum. You can submit your questions and hear back from other people just like you and attorneys who may provide input.
Our Birmingham divorce lawyers are here to explain Alabama’s equitable distribution law, so that you understand you may have a right to more or less than 50/50. We will review with you all the factors the court will consider if it decides various issues in your divorce, including the length of your marriage, whether or your spouse has been the breadwinner, whether you or your spouse gave up educational and career opportunities for the other, whether you or your spouse stayed home to raise the children, marital misconduct, whether an alimony award is appropriate, and you or your spouse’s ability to pay alimony.
We can then discuss with you the potential advantages of negotiating a divorce settlement with your spouse instead of placing that power in the judge’s hands. By negotiating your own settlement with the help of your attorneys or through mediation, you and your spouse can come to a fair resolution that is most appropriate for your situation and priorities.
At Alabama Divorce & Family Lawyers, LLC, we want to help you in any way we can, though we know you may not wish to hire a divorce attorney. If you decide to represent yourself in a divorce, we can still be of service. For a small fee, you can gain access to our automated self-help divorce center. You will obtain the legal information and advice you need to get through the divorce court process.
If you are going through a divorce and you and your spouse are negotiating an Alabama divorce settlement together, there are many issues to consider. Alabama is an equitable distribution estate, which means you do not need to focus on going 50/50. You should discuss with your attorney what amount of the marital estate that would be fair and just for you to receive. Depending on the circumstances, you may feel half is fair, or you may feel you are entitled to a greater portion.
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There are actually two times in which you and your spouse may negotiate a settlement in the midst of a divorce: when you and your spouse separate and when you and your spouse legally divorce.
If you or your spouse move out of the family home, you may no longer be able or want to handle your finances as you did before. During the separation is when you begin to divide your individual assets and keep your salaries and other funds to yourselves. This is typically when you begin to close joint accounts. This necessitates, then, an agreement on how to handle shared expenses, such as the mortgage, utilities, car payments, groceries for your children, school fees, activity fees, your children’s medical expenses, and more.
When it is time to negotiate a separation agreement, contact our divorce lawyers at Alabama Divorce & Family Lawyers, LLC. If you wish to avoid working with attorneys at this point, you can submit your questions regarding a separation agreement on our discussion forum.
If you and your spouse are separating or divorcing, the best thing you can do for yourself is to obtain accurate legal information and advice relevant to your circumstances. You can do this by submitting questions to our community discussion forum or purchasing access to our self-help divorce center. However, the best way to ensure you have all of the information, advice, and guidance you need is to contact a divorce attorney in Birmingham, AL.
At Alabama Divorce & Family Lawyers, LLC, we understand how complicated divorces can be. We want to help you get through this challenging experience as efficiently as possible so that you can enjoy a healthier and happier future. We understand you may be on a budget, which is why we offer as many services as we can on a flat fee. Do not avoid speaking with an attorney over worries about money. Once we get to know you and your situation, we can advise you on the best means of obtaining a divorce within your budget.
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