10th Jun 2019

The way you behave now, at your most hurt and angry, unfortunately, may determine how things shake out during your divorce. Just assume that the settlement negotiated (or the court ruling) will be tailored to this person you are now … more

19th Apr 2019

Semmes Law Firm - Attorney in Fairhope and Foley Alabama

What exactly is a prenup? A prenuptial agreement, or prenup for short, is a financial agreement between the two people entering into the marriage. more

22nd Jul 2018

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a debtor’s personal obligation to pay condominium association assessments was not the result of a separate, post-petition transaction but was created when she took title to the condominium unit. As a result, the … more

4th Mar 2018

Division of Retirement Benefits in Divorce Cases – Act 2017-162 (HB208, Rep. Coleman) (Effective Date: 1/1/18). This Act amends § 30-2-51, Ala. Code 1975, relating to allowance upon divorce of certain retirement benefits to allowance upon divorce of certain retirement … more

9th Jun 2015

Foley bankruptcy attorney

Oftentimes, discussions regarding declaring bankruptcy in Alabama center around whether it is the right decision, but the question that should be asked before that is whether it is even an option. The two most common forms of bankruptcy for individuals … more

1st Jun 2015

The Supreme Court released its decision in Bank of America, N.A. v. Caulkett. The Court held that wholly unsecured junior mortgage liens cannot be voided pursuant to Section 506(d) and refused to limit the holding in Dewsnup v. Timm, (502 … more

At Semmes Law Firm, we are often asked about alimony by divorcing spouses.  The question typically comes in one of two forms: (1) Can I get alimony from my former spouse? or (2) Will I have to pay alimony to … more

25th May 2015

Foley bankruptcy attorney

There are many reasons why individuals file for bankruptcy, typically Chapter 7.  For most, the ability to “start fresh” or “wipe the slate clean” is high on the list.  Sometimes, debt just becomes unmanageable and the only way to get … more

18th May 2015

Bankruptcy Pat Due

Perhaps the most common question received by the Alabama bankruptcy attorney at the Semmes Law Firm is: should I declare bankruptcy?  There is often no one right answer, as whether to declare bankruptcy is a personal decision based on a wide … more

2nd Apr 2015

Being awarded child support during a divorce, paternity, or other legal action is a victory, but sometimes that victory is short-lived.  As with all court orders, people don’t always comply.  When this happens, the parent entitled to receive support on … more