At the Law Offices of Valerie D. Judah, our firm handles a full range of family law matters in Dothan and throughout the Wiregrass, including adoption, premarital agreements, contested and uncontested divorce, legal separation, establishment and modification of child custody and visitation, equitable distribution of property, cohabitation and domestic partnership documents, common law marriage, mediation and paternity.
If you have any questions, or would like to speak with a family law attorney regarding your divorce or other family law issue in Dothan, or southern Alabama, please do not hesitate to call us at (334) 702-1332, or fill out the form on the Contact Us page and someone from our office will be in touch with you shortly. We look forward to hearing from you!
Family Law Cases We Handle
There are more than 13 million divorced parents with sole custody of their minor children in America. Federal legislation and uniform state laws exist to make enforcement and collection of child support easier for America’s single parents. Every state uses its own guidelines for establishing child support and each has various methods to set support amounts and recover support when it is overdue.
It is important to consult with an experienced family law attorney if you need help with a child support related issue. An attorney with experience in the area of child support will help you understand the laws in your state and the rules for child support collection and enforcement that apply to your particular situation, whether you are ending a marriage or are already divorced, have questions about paternity or are the parent paying support.
Deciding to pursue divorce is one of the most difficult and emotional decisions you will ever make, particularly if you have children. Divorce also involves business and legal questions that must be resolved. An experienced family law attorney will help you to understand the basic issues and use a rational perspective to approach the process.
Grounds for Divorce
Traditionally, every state required a person filing for divorce to prove “grounds” or some type of spousal fault in order to obtain a divorce. Today, the majority of states allow at least one form of “no-fault” divorce, which does not require proof of fault. If no-fault divorce is available in your state, either member of the couple may obtain a divorce, even if the other party does not consent to the divorce. You still, however, need an attorney to guide you through the process and protect your interests.
Custody & Visitation
When parents divorce, they need to learn the child custody and visitation options that are available to them and the legal standards applied to the different options. In most cases, divorcing couples are ultimately able to agree on custody and visitation issues without the need for a court order. When an agreement cannot be reached, knowledgeable advice and representation from an experienced family law attorney often makes the difference.
The set of parental responsibilities regarding day-to-day care of the child as well as the rights to direct the child’s daily activities is known legally as physical custody. Legal custody means the rights and responsibilities associated with decisions regarding the child’s upbringing.
Representation by an experienced attorney is required whether you are wanting to protect your parental rights or trying to prove to the courts that your former spouse is not suitable for any form of parental duties and that you should be granted sole custody.
Prenuptial agreements establish the property and financial rights of each spouse in the case of divorce. While most people believe prenuptial agreements are used only to protect the more wealthy spouse, they are also commonly used to protect the integrity of long-held family businesses.
As someone who has represented many clients in divorce, Valerie knows the best strategies for crafting prenuptial agreements that will withstand legal scrutiny.