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What will a divorce cost, in Mobile, Alabama?

I regularly field calls for a “price quote” on a divorce or child custody issue. Not every attorney in Mobile County will talk to you upfront about costs, but I do. Sometimes, it’s an effective way to have the tire-kickers move along, but other times, I believe I may be failing to communicate the value of [..]

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Divorce, Child Custody, and Perspective

Recently, I find myself returning to the theme of perspective with regard to some pretty contentious divorce and custody matters. I’m going to date myself here, but Tim Robbins starred in Jacob’s Ladder years ago in which he played the role of a Vietnam Veteran who was dealing with the after-effects of a government experiment with acid on the battlefield. I won’t engage in any spoilers, but [..]

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Love is a Battlefield-VA Disability Payments in Divorce

Mobile, Alabama has its fair share of military service members, veterans, and retirees. Sometimes, those folks get divorced. When they do, the military spouse’s military retirement is subject to equitable division by the Court. Either the parties agree on the division of military retirement or the Court divides it. In any event, the non-military spouse [..]

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Making Up Is Hard to Do

Thankfully, I’ve recently had a spate of couples who have decided to try and make their marriages work after filing a divorce. In a couple of instances, even after a great deal of fighting and legal wrangling, I’ve had clients lay down their swords and engage in reconciliation. I love it when that happens. In [..]

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What’s Different about McBay Law?

I grew up watching Sesame Street. I loved Oscar and the Cookie Monster. One of my favorite regular skits was the “One of These Things is Not Like the Other.” I loved picking out the thing that was different. Of course, there were only ever four “things,” so choosing what was different was relatively easy. [..]

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Free Milk and a Cow: Common Law Marriage

More than 30 years ago, the Georgia Satellites released a song about a marriage ultimatum: “Keep Your Hands to Yourself.” The lyrics document the struggle between the singer and his lover over the terms of their relationship. We don’t know how that story ends; whether the couple married or split up. The song came to [..]

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Step-Parents and Custody Fights

For those of you reading my blog for the first time, I am a divorce and family law attorney who is divorced, has children, has remarried, and has another child in my current, and final marriage. Confused? Don’t be. I often write from the perspective of a Dad who has children for whom I have [..]

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Testimony in Divorce Cases: Don’t Monologue

If you have children, you’ve probably seen The Incredibles. I’ve seen it a MILLION times. One of my favorite scenes is the one in which Syndrome, who has Mr. Incredible in a seemingly inescapable situation, realizes that he is monologuing. Of course, monologuing is a common theme in all sorts of hero/villain movies. The hero is [..]

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Common Law Marriage Requires Regular Divorce

Recent Events in Divorce and Family Law If you live in Alabama, you may know someone who has a common-law husband or wife. While only a few states recognize marriages with the absence of an official license, Alabama is no longer one of them. Before January 1, 2017, you could have avoided the ceremony, the [..]

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Waiting for the End of Time: Divorce in Mobile, Alabama

As a child of the seventies and eighties, I have vivid memories of hearing “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” as performed by Meatloaf on the radio. Of course, early on, I had no frame of reference for the story told in song about the heat of passion and the consequences. For those of you who’ve [..]

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