The Rose Law Firm, LLC
Contact us anytime day or night 205-208-7560

Birmingham Divorce Law Blog

Singer Mandy Moore requests spousal support for pet care

Celebrities are among others in Alabama and beyond for whom divorce remains an ongoing issue. Music artists Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore recently divorced after a six-year marriage. There has been a turn of events in their situation regarding a recent legal request filed by Ms. Moore pertaining to spousal support.

Ms. Moore has asked the court to order spousal support for specific needs that have arisen in the aftermath of her divorce. While this is not an uncommon request from those who have incomes far below that of their former spouses, the apparent reason for the request in this case may be a bit unique. Moore claims that she needs her former husband's financial support in order to care of the eight pets the two acquired together during their marriage.

Child support important issue to many Alabama parents who divorce

Divorce is never easy and always a life-changing experience. Former spouses who have children together often face legal issues concerning child support, custody and visitation that can add stress to an already challenging situation. Alabama parents will want to know that there is legal help available in the area for those needing assistance during such times.

At The Rose Law Firm, LLC, our experienced team of family law attorneys are dedicated to helping clients who are seeking resolution to child support issues. Sometimes, those facing such circumstances are unmarried, single parents; others are divorced and are in need of legal help to obtain financial support for their children. No matter what has led you to the legal issues you now face, you can be assured that our attorneys are prepared to offer effective representation and sound legal counsel in order to protect your rights and serve your best interests.

Important items of consideration regarding alimony in Alabama

Some statistics suggest that half of all marriages in Alabama and across the United States eventually result in divorce. Alimony is an important divorce issue. Whether one receives payments or is ordered to make payments to a former spouse, it is advisable that all involved should gain an understanding of governing laws and guidelines.

Some believe it unfair to place undue financial obligation on a person no longer connected to a former spouse. Others maintain that certain circumstances entitle a former spouse to receive financial support in order to sustain him or herself after divorce. Either way, several factors are typically considered by the court when determining issues of alimony, otherwise known as spousal support.

Should Alabama spouses be concerned about alimony?

Couples in Alabama planning to divorce will want to take note of state laws before attempting to resolve various family law issues. When negotiating a settlement, many are often concerned about the possibility of future alimony payments.  An experienced attorney can help clients understand their rights during a divorce and explain how alimony, also known as spousal support, might be applied in their particular situation.

Divorce is often complicated. Every family's situation is different, and negotiations regarding standard of living, future upbringing and care of children and property division are usually more productive when each party seeks guidance from an experienced attorney. Unique situations sometimes have bearing on a court's decision, such as when one spouse has placed his or her career or educational pursuits on hold, or has made a significant contribution to the other spouse's educational or career advancement.

Property division among issues Alabama women may face in divorce

Alabama women who choose to end their marriages are most likely concerned with their future financial security and other important issues. Divorce can be complicated and stressful, and it is good for women to know that there is professional help available when they are planning to navigate the legal system. Assets that include cash, property and other items of ownership are taken into consideration when a settlement is being negotiated. Women will want to be aware that some assets are more difficult to divide than others.

Disagreement sometimes arises between divorcing spouses where issues involving bank accounts, automobiles, real estate or other owned property are concerned. When items being considered for division are tangible and self-evident, the process is typically based on assessed values and is rather simple. Other assets, however, might not be so easily divided.

Child support guidance in Alabama

According to some estimates, nearly one out of every two marriages in Alabama and elsewhere end in divorce. Many couples who choose to divorce have children together. Most desire to keep the best interests and overall well-being of their kids at heart when attempting to negotiate issues regarding child support, visitation and other matters concerning the future raising and upbringing of their children.

After divorce, both parents bear responsibility to financially provide for their children. In the state of Alabama, there are statutory guidelines used to determine arrangements concerning child support payments. Certain key factors are taken into consideration by a court when making such decisions. The income of each parent, how many children are in need of support and how much time each parent spends caring for the children are all factors in determining child support.

Addressing issues of alimony in Alabama

Divorce is rarely, if ever, easy. Many times, Alabama couples face all sorts of complex issues requiring hours upon hours of mediation and negotiation in order to reach peaceable and amicable resolutions. A particularly challenging area of divorce involves the subject of alimony.

Alimony is a court-ordered payment issued to a former spouse after divorce. It is meant to assist that spouse as he or she attempts to adjust to a new standard of living after a marriage has been dissolved. In modern times, alimony is given to former spouses of either gender; historically-speaking, it was more common for courts to award these types of payments to women.

First Lady Bentley seeks alimony in divorce from Alabama governor

Sometimes, couples who are involved in high profile divorces cases, such as the recent one between Alabama governor Robert Bentley and his wife, ask the court to seal all records pertaining to the case. Under such circumstances, a judge will sometimes order that no one except the couple, their attorneys, paid experts and other legal employees pertinent to the case is able to access the court record. A sealed record can help a divorcing couple maintain a higher level of privacy in their case where personal issues regarding division of assets or alimony are concerned.

The Bentleys announced their decision to divorce after the governor's wife filed the claim in late Aug. 2015. She stated that her marriage had suffered an irretrievable breakdown after 50 years and that there was a complete incompatibility of temperament between herself and her husband. The governor released a public statement asking for privacy in light of the personal nature of the situation.

A late-in-life Alabama wedding might include prenuptial agreement

The age of life expectancy has increased over the years. One consequence of this seems to be that many people are marrying later in life. In fact, some Alabama couples might be in their Golden Years when they decide to marry. Whether to sign a prenuptial agreement is a concern of many.

It is misguided thinking to assume that prenuptial agreements are only for those who are financially rich and those who are young. For elderly adults who choose to marry, this type of contract might prove beneficial because of the complexities that might exist after a lifetime of building wealth, businesses, stock portfolios and other notable assets. In some cases, one or both potential spouses is a widower or widow, and his or her deceased spouse's trust funds might also affect future financial obligations or assets.

In Alabama and elsewhere, some grand-parents have child custody

It is obvious that grandparents tend to experience joy when they are able to spend time with the children of their own sons or daughters. In certain situations, however, child custody is given to grandparents in Alabama and elsewhere when parents have been deemed incapable of caring for their own children. Many of these cases involve parental substance abuse.

A recent radio program included the interview of a woman who, with her husband, had her daughter involuntarily committed for opiate addiction. The couple then took their two grandchildren into their custodial care. Reports indicate that this is becoming a common occurrence throughout the nation. One state mentioned provides a support group for grandparents facing similar circumstances.

Email Us For A Response

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

The Rose Law Firm, LLC
811 20th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35205

Birmingham Law Office Map

Phone: 205-208-7560
Toll Free: 800-229-9859
Fax: 205-623-3726

Review Us