When Can an Alabama Family Court Order Be Modified?

You received your orders from the court. They dictate what your divorce looks like, how child custody and visitation move forward, and what types of child support or alimony are owed. But, what happens when circumstances change? It’s important to understand these orders aren’t final. You have options to improve your situation – whether that means more time with your children or paying less (or being paid more) Read More

Lies You’re Being Told About the Police

Everyone has a “fun” tip about your rights, the police, and how crimes are solved. Hollywood perpetuates many of these lies, embedding them in tv shows and movies which often result in dangerous misconceptions. A lot of people go into a police interaction armed with misinformation provided to them by their friends or Hollywood, and it can end in your legal situation becoming even more complicated. We believe in Read More

What’s the difference between probation and parole?

As criminal defense attorneys, we know as much as anyone people make mistakes. Breaking the law in Alabama comes with penalties you must face, but if this is your first offense you might not know the options courts have for those penalties. Probation, parole, and post-release supervision are all options that can either be applied in place of prison time, or in addition to prison time. So, what are the differences Read More

Who has the Right to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Alabama?

The death of a loved one leaves a hole in our lives that often never heals. We want to live fruitful lives and go when we feel our time has come, but we can’t always plan for the dramatic twists and turns of life. Whether it’s at work, on the roads, or even at a place of business, potentially fatal accidents lurk in some of the most unexpected places. If you’re reading this, it’s likely because you lost a loved Read More

Self-Defense Laws: When and How Can You Legally Protect Yourself?

Based on principle, it is widely accepted that a person can protect themselves from harm given certain circumstances, even if the act would typically be considered unlawful. Under the United States legal system, states allow defendants to claim self-defense if they are accused of a violent crime. However, from one state to another, the exact rules on self-defense vary. What Is Considered Read More

The Impact of Social Media on Divorce and Custody Cases

Social media can be used for many positive reasons, but oftentimes it can negatively impact relationships. Even though it has only been in our daily lives for around a decade, social media has an influence on everything nowadays, from pop culture to divorce cases. What Risks Are Involved: Private and Public Posts Social media websites such as Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Twitter and LinkedIn, and many others Read More

How Will My Criminal Record Impact My Alabama Child Custody Case?

Child custody battles in Alabama often exhaust both parties. You may need to fight for every moment with your child after your divorce or split which often requires digging deep into the dirt. In some cases, the cards are stacked against you – especially if you have a notable criminal record. Alabama family courts will always favor the best interest of the child. This means whatever best serves, protects, and Read More

Is Ignorance a Valid Legal Defense?

One of the age-old questions in law is whether or not someone can be held accountable for breaking the law if they did not know they were doing so. Most people understand the answer is generally no, but it’s still something people try each and every day when accused of a crime – not realizing it’s essentially an admittance of guilt. Ignorance will rarely be the best legal defense, but it does not mean you should Read More

Recovering Lost Income for Self-Employed Workers After a Serious Injury

The biggest task for injured Alabamians, besides physically and mentally recovering, is getting the money they deserve from the responsible party. It is not too difficult to see why compensation is so important for those who suffer a serious personal injury—medical bills often reach into the tens of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands).  Compounding this problem for many injured people is their inability to Read More

Role of a Guardian Ad Litem in Alabama Family Law

Any family law case involving children may use a specialized  legal professional known as a guardian ad litem. A guardian ad litem, or GAL, is geared to advocate for the best interests of the child to whom they are assigned to represent. Because children lack the agency to speak for themselves and secure legal representation, judges often assign a GAL in family law cases—particularly those wherein the matters Read More