1st Jun 2015

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

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

10th Mar 2015

We will look at the different types of divorce-related debts and see which are dischargeable, the effects of the different chapters (types) of bankruptcy on dischargability, exceptions to the basic rules, and how to protect the non-filing spouse both during … more

3rd Mar 2015

Today, Alabama is more often associated with family values and vacation days along the gulf than celebrity divorces.  But this hasn’t always been the case.  For 25 years, between 1945-1970, Alabama was a destination for celebrities, wealthy individuals, and anyone … more

30th Dec 2014

The Humane Society estimates that approximately 62% of households in the United States have at least one pet. And the relationship between pets and their owners is special.  In fact, the relationship is so special that airlines often allow those … more

12th Oct 2014

The cost of divorce is almost impossible to answer without talking to the client to get more information. Its like asking a builder how much it would cost to build a house without giving him any information (e.g. how many … more

Modifying Physical Custody What is the McLendon standard and why does it matter? The burden of proof in modifying your child custody order is based on the 1984 case of Ex parte McClendon. This case held that in order to … more

Alimony or Spousal Support are generally payments from one spouse to the other. Alimony can be waived or agreed upon by the parties as to the type and amount. However, if the parties can not reach an agreement, the court … more

If you’ve been served with divorce papers, you only have a limited amount of time to protect your rights. You should have received a copy of a Summons and Complaint. The Summons should indicate how much time you have to … more

Division of Assets General rule of property division Alabama is an equitable distribution state. Any division of property should be divided fairly and equitably, but not necessarily equally. There is no fixed standard to divide property, each case will be … more