Alabama is an "equitable division of the property" state, not a community property state; therefore, when parties divorce, the Court must divide their property in a way that is deemed fair or equitable. Unfortunately, there is not a quick and easy formula for determining what is fair and reasonable in any given set of circumstances. The Court will consider several factors when dividing the parties' property including, but not limited to, the length of the marriage, the source of the property, the needs of the parties, the lifestyle of the parties during their marriage, the fault of each of the parties in causing the breakdown of the marriage, and the property each party brought into the marriage. Generally, in marriages of less than seven years, alimony is not awarded. However, this is not always the case. Also, under current Alabama law, the Court cannot divide either party's retirement benefits unless the parties were married for at least ten years at the time the divorce is filed.
At New Beginnings Family Law, P.C., our potential clients complete a comprehensive intake form to help us determine the value and source of the assets held by each party individually and by both parties jointly. This gives us the information we need to give our clients an educated estimate of what we believe each party will receive in the divorce. Also, through the discovery process, we will ask your spouse to answer certain questions and produce certain documents to see what if any other assets he or she may have failed to disclose ahead of time. Our goal is to make sure our clients get through this time of transition in the best financial position possible.
No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.
With offices in Huntsville, Alabama and Decatur, Alabama, we represent clients in Huntsville, Decatur, Athens, Moulton, Falkville, Eva, Cullman, Guntersville, Trinity, Albertville, Scottsboro, New Hope, Harvest, Madison, Ardmore, Somerville, Priceville, and Oneonta