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religious upbringing in child custody cases

How is the Religious Upbringing Issue handled in Alabama Child Custody Cases?

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The topic of religion can be controversial, especially during a child custody battle. In general, a parent’s religious beliefs will not be the only basis for a court’s custody determination. Instead, judges will evaluate various aspects to establish what custody arrangements will serve the child’s best interests. Similarly, a non-religious parent will not experience… Read More »

visitation rights and criminal record

How will a Criminal Record Impact My Visitation Rights?

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We’ve heard the question – Does having a criminal record affect my child visitation and custody rights? The simple answer is yes, it may. Certain convictions will severely curtail or even terminate parental custody rights under Alabama and Florida law. Let’s look deeper. In The Best Interest of the Child The best interest of… Read More »

Grounds for Divorce in Florida

Grounds for Divorce in Florida

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Living in Florida is a goal for millions of people across the country. While many people move here for retirement, others move here to escape the extreme winter conditions most of the country deals with each year. Not all problems will be escapable in the Sunshine State, including divorce. Dissolving a marriage is a… Read More »

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The Economic Cost of Divorce

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Divorce is not only an emotionally taxing experience, it can be hard on the parties financially as well. The uncertainty of the process, especially for those getting divorced for the first time, can create a lot of stress. And one of the things many divorcing spouses are uncertain about is how they will be… Read More »

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Creating a Working Visitation Schedule for the Holidays

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The holiday season is supposed to be filled with office parties, family gatherings, and a whole lot of fun. It is also one of the most stressful seasons of the year. Why? For many, the holidays mean arguments between parents who try to determine how visitation will be handled. There are multiple holidays during… Read More »

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Adultery and Divorce in Alabama

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A large percentage of marriages end in divorce, and one of the major reasons couples get divorced is because of marital infidelity on the part of at least one of the spouses. In Alabama, adultery can impact a divorce in some significant ways. Unlike many other states, Alabama allows both “no-fault” and fault-based divorces,… Read More »

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I Am Afraid my Ex-Spouse will Harm Me and My Children, What Can I Do?

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Divorces can get messy, and in the aftermath, emotions can run high. In most cases, things settle down after a while, the parties adjust to life after the divorce, and do their best to move forward. There are times, however, when an ex-spouse is driven over the edge and indicates (by words or actions)… Read More »

grandparents rights attorney in dothan alabama - Smith & McGhee

Grandparent’s Rights and Child Custody/Visitation

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Grandparents play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren. Grandparents are perhaps best known for spoiling grandchildren, but they also provide helpful wisdom, guidance, and direction that is obtained from extensive life experience. When a child’s parents get divorced or one of the parents dies, grandparents often take on a more central… Read More »

Five Things to Consider Before Divorce in Alabama - Smith & McGhee

Top 5 Reasons to Hire an Attorney for Your Divorce

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Starting divorce proceedings can be an emotional and sometimes overwhelming experience. You may be pondering if you really need a divorce attorney. It may make sense to try to go it alone and use online resources or kits as a way to save both time and money. The following reasons may preclude you from… Read More »

No Fault Divorce in Alabama - Smith & McGhee

What Is a “No-Fault” Divorce in Alabama?

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When it comes to filing for a divorce, there are grounds, or reasons, as to why the divorce is occurring. Generally speaking, one of the spouses is found to be at fault, or responsible for the divorce. Typical grounds for divorce include the following: Abandonment/desertion – A spouse leave the household and has no intentions… Read More »