When it comes to family law, The Cochran Firm understands the high stakes involved. Our goal is to help you help guide you through the emotional and legal challenges you’re facing – providing you with the legal support necessary to achieve a favorable result.
Family law cases, by their nature, are highly personal and often charged with emotion. Our legal team has built a reputation for giving each client the individual attention they deserve. We have experience representing clients in all aspects of family law, including but not limited to:
Child custody and visitation
Child support & alimony
One of the most common legal actions that impacts families in Alabama is divorce. The goal of our experienced family law attorneys is to preserve your financial wealth as well as your important emotional bonds during this process.
Alabama has several options for divorce, no-fault vs. citing grounds, and the one that is right for you will depend on the particular circumstances of your case. For example, citing grounds can be a factor in decisions related to common disputes surrounding division of property, child custody and support, and alimony.
While each divorce case is unique, we can help you navigate this process and weigh your options. We represent clients in all types of Alabama divorces, from contested and uncontested divorce to simple divorces and high net worth divorces.
When a couple divorces in Alabama, they are often faced with the complicated task of dividing up property, which includes assets and debts. Courts in this state will not necessarily split everything 50-50 but will instead strive for equitable distribution. This means that the court wants to find an arrangement that is fair, which can be subjective.
When there are substantial assets involved, such as property and retirement accounts, our goal is to ensure that you come away with the best deal possible. This could involve bringing in expert witnesses or producing other evidence to prove your case.
Child Custody and Visitation
When the time comes to decide who is going to have custody of minor children, this can be an emotional process. Whether you are going through a divorce or have a different conflict with your child’s other parent, this not something that you should try to handle without legal assistance.
Alabama law recognizes three types of custody; temporary, physical, and legal custody. The state’s family law courts encourage joint custody whenever possible, but the underlying guideline is to do what is in the best interests of the child. The Cochran Firm understands the importance of protecting you and your child’s best interests when it comes to custody and visitation matters.
Child Support & Alimony
While everyone should pay what they owe in a divorce proceeding, these financial figures are the source of many family law conflicts. Both parents have a responsibility to financially support their children, but the amount paid should be fair. The courts take these proceedings seriously, and determining the amount due by one parent or another involves a complex calculation. If not done properly, either too much or too little could be ordered for child support.
Sometimes referred to as spousal support, alimony is not awarded in every divorce case, but it is not unusual in Alabama either. The process involved with obtaining an order for alimony can be complex, so having the assistance of a trusted family law attorney can be invaluable.
Our family law attorneys have experience negotiating and ensuring the proper enforcement of various marital agreements. Whether you are about to get married or are thinking about divorce, you have the right to protect your assets.
In general, marital agreements such as a prenuptial and postnuptial agreement will stipulate how a couple’s property will be divided in the event of the death of one of the parties or divorce. There are certain items that you can and cannot include in one of these agreements, and we’d be happy to discuss your options in further detail.
While a divorce decree and parenting plan are meant to resolve many issues related to dissolving a marriage, things change, and there might be a need to request a modification of the orders. You not only need a compelling argument to seek an order of modification, such as an ex not paying child support, but also must follow a specific process. Our experienced and aggressive family law attorneys can help.
Domestic Violence and Protection from Abuse
The state of Alabama takes allegations of domestic violence and abuse very seriously. If authorities respond to a domestic violence call, there is a strong chance that someone will be removed from the home. There are often two sides to these conflicts, and each party deserves representation.
We work closely with every client to understand domestic violence situations so that we can provide the best legal representation possible. If you were the victim of violence, we can help ensure your safety by obtaining a protection from abuse order (PFA). If you are the accused or have been served with a restraining order, we will work to secure the best possible outcome on your behalf.
Adopting a child can be one of the most joyful events in your family’s life. But this is also a complex legal proceeding, and you’ll want assistance every step of the way to ensure you reach your goals. Our family law attorneys can help guide you through the adoption process. We have experience dealing with private adoptions, interstate adoptions, adoptions through state welfare and child services organizations, stepparent adoptions, and many others.
Speak with a Qualified Birmingham Family Law Attorney
If you have a family matter that requires legal assistance, choosing the right lawyer gives you the strongest chance of obtaining a positive result and the peace of mind you need and deserve. At The Cochran Firm, our attorneys have extensive experience achieving successful outcomes for Alabama clients.
Whether you need assistance with a divorce, custody, or other family law matter, we provide the guidance you need to protect your legal rights and those of your children. We focus on looking for cost-effective means to resolve key issues, such as collaborative divorce and mediation. However, we are always prepared to engage in litigation to safeguard your rights and secure the best result.
Learn more about the ways our legal team can assist you and your loved ones. Your initial consultation will be conducted in an atmosphere of candor, comfort, and confidentiality. Contact our Birmingham office now at (205) 994-8555 or 1-800-THE-FIRM to schedule a meeting at your convenience.