Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Divorce & Family Law


Our Huntsville divorce lawyers understand how stressful and anxious you may be about a divorce or related matter. We provide a strong presence both at the negotiation table and in court, working hard for a resolution for you. 


Read these frequently asked questions (FAQs) on divorce and family law.


Can divorce be settled out of court?

Divorces, like other lawsuits, more often settle out of court than through a trial.


How does divorce mediation work?

A mediation is simply a process where a third-party neutral helps the husband and wife try to resolve their divorce by agreement. Lawyers play a critical part in the mediation process by advocating, advising, and negotiating for their clients.


Are divorce settlements taxable?

Some parts of a divorce settlement can result in income that is subject to taxation.


Are divorce records public in Alabama?

Many documents related to a divorce action, like other lawsuits, are generally public records.


What is the difference in divorce vs. annulment?

A divorce is a legally recognized ending of a marriage. An annulment is an undoing of the marriage, as if it never happened.


What is the difference in divorce vs. separation?

A divorce is a legally recognized event where the marriage is ended. A separation allows the parties to continue married.


What does child support cover?

Child support is intended to provide benefits for the child.


How is child support calculated?

Child support is calculated according to tables and formulas which take into account the earnings or potential earnings of the parents, along with certain expenses borne by them.


Are child support payments tax deductible?

Generally, child support payments are not tax deductible nor are they taxed as income to the recipient.


Can child custody cases be appealed, modified, reversed or changed?

Child custody can be appealed, modified, reversed and changed, depending on the circumstances.


Can child custody be settled out of court?

Child custody can be settled by agreement but should be included in a court order.


Who gets child custody in divorce?

Child custody is decided by a court based upon a number of factors.

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