Family Law Attorney in Mobile, Alabama
Your Family Lawyer: Former Department of Human Resources Social Worker (DHR)
At my firm, I embrace many issues and problems besides divorces. I care deeply about my clients, including people who are seeking to enforce child and spousal support decrees, adoptions, child custody, and unmarried person’s representation, including child support and child custody, visitation rights of the noncustodial parent, and modifications due to some material change in circumstance since the last court order.
I am blessed to have gained knowledge of family functions and dynamics as a practicing Social Worker for eight years. This knowledge helps me in my practice because the Department of Human Resources is often involved in family law cases, i.e. custody of children and child support.
In Alabama, child custody and visitation require consideration of the best interests of the child. These cases are very emotionally charged and time-sensitive. A comprehensive assessment is necessary to determine your case's legal and factual defenses. This area of the law requires knowledgeable, compassionate, and responsive representation that my office provides. I will diligently work to obtain favorable outcomes for my clients while maintaining the sensitivity and attention necessary to ensure that the needs and interests of your children remain paramount.
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My Mobile, Alabama, office is committed to maintaining an open line of communication to insure the clients are reasonably informed about the status of their cases. Even with the above goal in mind, unfortunately, an amicable agreement may not be accomplished between the couple and court appearances, settlement negotiations up to the day of trial and even a trial may be the final resolution in dissolving the marriage. With a New Year sometimes comes changes in different areas of the law, which is the case in divorces involving alimony and retirement. Make sure you consult and employ a competent lawyer who is knowledgeable about those changes in the law.
I recognize that child custody is your top priority as these judgments will shape your children’s future. These cases require experience and compassion. I will strive diligently so that an effective parental agreement can be met under the law or that the court makes the right judgment regarding the custodial arrangement. Whether our clients are seeking initial custody orders, modification of custody/visitation, or adjudication of custody rights in a foreign jurisdiction, our office has the resources and knowledge to achieve a successful result.
In determining the child’s best interest, the Court looks at certain factors, including the following:
Each of your desires for the child to develop a close relationship with the other parent
Each of your history abiding by agreed-upon schedules and behaving reasonably and flexibly with the other parent
The historical care of the child during the marriage and separation
Each of your abilities to provide a stable and healthy environment for the child
Any history of domestic abuse or child neglect, criminal behavior, substance abuse, or parental alienation
Any history of providing false information regarding the other parent
Each of your histories of involvement regarding the child’s schooling and healthcare
Resolving your case amicably is my ultimate goal, if at all possible. If not, then I will use my knowledge and expertise to assure that your interests are well represented before the Court in a contested hearing or final hearing.
While formulaic, at times some child support disputes can sometimes involve complex issues requiring creativity and the ability to think outside the box. Our highest priority is to protect the best interests of your children and ensure that they are satisfactorily provided for within the confines of the law. State guidelines provide the foundation for determining child support payments. Consult with my office and we can work with you on covering all the necessary terms.
At my firm, I am a skilled family law attorney who will work diligently to put your mind at ease during this trying time and will handle all aspects concerning child support agreements including:
Creating a child support order
Modifying an existing child support agreement
Enforcement of an existing child support agreement
Termination of a child support order
Reach out today to schedule a consultation directly with me. I serve those in Mobile, Alabama, and the surrounding areas of Washington County, Escambia County, and Jackson County.