Family Law

DSC_9085In a perfect world, our family relationships would be stable throughout our lives and any disagreements would be handled amicably between the people involved. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world and family relationships can easily become complicated and contentious.

As the founder of McBay Law, LLC, I am committed to helping individuals and families in Mobile, Alabama and the surrounding areas navigate the complicated world that is family law.

Divorces in Mobile, Alabama

Divorce and separations make up a large portion for the family law practice at McBay Law, LLC. In Mobile, AL divorces can be broken down into four different categories:

Uncontested Divorces – Uncontested divorces are the simplest, least contentious, and most cost-effective means by which to dissolve a marriage. In an uncontested divorce, both parties agree that pursuing a divorce is necessary and they both agree on the major issues that arise during a divorce. Uncontested divorces can often be handled by one attorney and can be helpful in limiting the financial impact of the actual divorce process.

Collaborative Divorces – For couples who would be more comfortable with individual representation but who would also like to avoid making their divorce a contentious process, collaborative divorce may be a good solution. In a collaborative divorce, each spouse selects his or her own attorney and the former couple and their respective attorneys work together to effectively dissolve the marriage, divide assets and arrange for the care of any children. If the collaborative process does not work, the parties will then hire new Mobile family law attorneys to pursue a contested divorce.

Mediated Divorces – Mediated divorces are similar to collaborative divorces in that the parties are working to resolve the issues raised by their divorce with the help of their own attorneys but the negotiations are facilitated by a trained professional, a mediator. The mediator is a neutral party who works with the former spouses to resolve their issues but does not make a decision about the outcome of the divorce. Your family law attorney can help you understand the mediation process and can also make recommendations about a mediator who might be a good fit for your situation.

Contested Divorces – In some situations, it just isn’t possible to work with your former spouse to resolve your divorce case. If tempers flare and finding common ground is difficult, the court will step into the divorce process to resolve it for you. In contested divorces you must follow a formal process for sharing information, negotiating potential settlements and attending hearings. If the case isn’t resolved in the process, the judges will hear your case at a trial and issue a final judgment of divorce, resolving all disputed issues.

Same-Sex Couples – Alabama now recognizes same-sex marriages. As a result, those couples who married in another state and now find themselves needing an Alabama divorce now enjoy, not only the right to marry, but the right to divorce. I can shepherd you through the process of same-sex divorce in Mobile and Baldwin County, Alabama.

Family Law in Mobile, AL

Most people assume that the term “family law” only covers divorces but family law actually covers a wide variety of legal issues surrounding children and families. In addition to the divorce cases listed above, I often handle cases involving:

Child Custody Disputes – When there is a dispute as to who should be caring for a child, getting an experienced family law attorney involved can make a world of difference to ensure that the child’s needs are protected.

Visitation – An important part of any custody issue is the question of how much time each parent gets to spend with the children, regardless of who has legal custody of them. I can help you negotiate a visitation schedule that allows you to spend the time you crave with your children.

Child Support Issues – When parents are no longer living together, determining who is financially responsible for the needs of the children can be difficult. I can help you secure the funds necessary to prevent your children from suffering the financial effects of divorce.

Paternity Cases – If paternity is an issue in your present situation, hiring an understanding Mobile family law attorney can make navigating the murky waters of custody questions much easier. I can help address false accusations of paternity, as well as support you in your efforts to establish paternity and enforce your rights to be involved in your child’s life.

Non-married couples – Forming families and households without getting legally married is becoming more and more common in the United States and some people wrongfully assume that they can’t get an attorney involved when a separation occurs. However, hiring a family law attorney may help ease the separation process and I am happy to help with any issues that might arise including custody, child support and visitation issues for non-married couples with children.

Regardless of the kind of family law situation you are involved in. You want an experienced, knowledgeable Mobile family law attorney working for you. Call McBay Law, LLC today at (251) 445-0891 to discuss your case.  I can help!