Family law matters such as divorce and child custody are extremely sensitive. When emotions get out of hand, disagreements can leave scars for years to come. As a dedicated Alabama family law attorney, I can help you settle disagreements quickly and affordably while considering the best interests of children and other loved ones affected by family law issues.
I understand that this time can be one of the most traumatic challenges you and your family have faced. My mission is to offer you the support and attention that you deserve along with a strong defense of your legal rights. Clear, experienced guidance through the process gives you a better understanding of what to expect as we work together towards a successful resolution.
Divorce involving children
When it comes to issues of child custody or child support, a compassionate Alabama family law attorney can be instrumental in keeping your loved ones’ emotional and financial well-being intact. Whether disagreements over support orders or custody rights accompany a divorce or not, I keep your children’s interest my highest priority, just as it is yours. I can make sure that your wishes concerning the basic facts of your child’s lives are respected, such as where they will go to school and how much time they spend with you. Additionally, I can help ensure that both parents share in the responsibility for paying for a child’s needs. When parents descend into acrimony over financial or living arrangements for children, the strife and bitterness filters down to the children regardless of who eventually wins.
A few of the family law issues that I can help you with include:
- Contested Divorce – When an agreement can’t be reached regarding issues in a divorce, it can be a very volatile and emotional situation. I understand your rights and will protect them while guiding you through each step of the process with a clear understanding of your options.
- Spousal Support/Alimony – One important issue that must be addressed in a divorce is spousal support. Many forms of alimony exist. Who will pay alimony and what the amount will be depends on a number of factors such as the standard of living during the marriage, the length of the marriage, and the financial resources of each party. Alimony can also be awarded as temporary support or permanent support. Alimony is separate from child support, but child support is often considered when determining alimony payments.
- Child Custody – This can be one of the most emotionally charged issues in a divorce. There are many forms of custody including legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody involves which parent has the right to make decisions regarding a child’s upbringing, while physical custody determines where a child will live the majority of the time.
- Child Support – Financial support for children after divorce can have a tremendous impact on their well-being and your financial situation moving forward. I am dedicated to protecting the interests of your children during all phases of the process.
Besides larger issues involving divorce and child support or child custody for parents, as an experienced family law attorney, I can tactfully handle cases involving grandparents’ rights or juvenile law, or assist with modifications of existing orders, be they for child support or alimony. Whatever your family law issue might be, I have the understanding and expertise it deserves. Schedule a consultation to see what your options might be for resolving your legal issues without any further unnecessary conflict or drama. Your children’s emotional well-being is worth it, and so is your own.
For answers to some frequently asked questions regarding divorce and family law, visit our Divorce & Family Law FAQ page.
Call the Law Office of Gary W. Fillingim, L.L.C. at (251) 445-7257 to speak with a dedicated Alabama family law attorney & divorce lawyer.