Compassionate And Skilled Family Law Counsel
Are you facing a divorce? Is your child’s mother or father failing to pay you child support? Are you concerned that you will not be able to get custody of your children? You do not need to face this difficult time alone.
Seek the help of an experienced and understanding attorney from Hawley & Associates, LLC, in Prattville, Alabama.
Divorce Options In Alabama
Regardless of your situation, the consequences of your divorce can far outlast the length of your marriage. Let us help you prevent problems before they arise, keep more money in your pocket and regain control over your life.
In general, there are three different types of divorces. Your particular circumstances will determine which is appropriate for you.
- Uncontested: While the most cost-effective and fastest way to obtain a divorce is an uncontested divorce, it is not possible in all cases. Both parties must have reached an agreement concerning all issues related to property division, debt allocation, child custody, child support and alimony, and must have approved the required documents before they are filed with the court. A final decree of divorce can be issued thirty days after the documents are signed and filed with the court.
- Contested: If you and your spouse are unable to agree to the terms of your divorce, a contested divorce may be necessary. One spouse files a complaint, and the other spouse files an answer. Both will present their cases in court with the help of their lawyers, and the court decides the outcome.
- Undisputed: An undisputed divorce is what happens when one of the spouses fails or refuses to file an answer with the court within the allotted 30-day period. Failure to respond to a petition for divorce can result in a default judgment against you, allowing your soon-to-be ex-spouse to determine your rights and obligations.
Child Custody And Child Support
Whether or not parents are married at the time they go their separate ways, if they have minor children, issues of child custody, visitation and child support must be ironed out. Child custody and financial support matters are typically the main reason couples end up in court.
Don’t leave your fate and the future of your children in the hands of a court. Our lawyer has years of professional and personal experiences with issues of child custody and support — and modifications of orders following a change of circumstances. Let us help you with your family law matters.
Our law firm can also help you with an adoption matter. Whether you are just in the initial stages and thinking about this often-joyous family law matter or need legal assistance in the process of one, we can provide the experienced adoption counsel you are looking for.
Planning For The Future
Closely intertwined with issues of family law are those of planning for the future. If you have children and do not have a will or an estate plan, you should set up one as soon as possible. You should be able to choose who takes care of your children if you are no longer able to, not a court. Don’t wait until it is too late. An estate plan is less expensive than you think.
Contact Us Today For A Free Initial Consultation
Whether you are seeking to start a divorce or child support or custody action, or you are attempting to modify a prior agreement or order, we can help you. Send us an email, or call us now at Hawley & Associates, LLC to schedule a free consultation so you can learn about your rights. We will use our experience to help ensure that your rights are respected while tailoring our services to achieve your goals.