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The Best Family Law Attorneys in Tuscaloosa County AL Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire

Family law attorneys in Tuscaloosa County AL bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are those divorce lawyers and family law attorneys who have exceeded the mininum Alabama state regulatory standard for practicing family law attorneys. They are those proven by our independent research to have passed the TOP 10 requirements for ability and value, and for whom our staff has called previous clients to verify high satisfaction with them for family law and divorce in Tuscaloosa County AL, including for division of property, child support, child custody and visitation, alimony and spousal support, enforcement actions, prenuptial agreements, legal separation, orders of protection, divorce mediation services and more.


Updated November 6, 2017

 The TOP 10 Divorce Lawyers & Family Law Attorneys in Tuscaloosa County AL

Espy Nettles Scogin & Brantley
(205) 758-5591
2728 8th St
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Areas Served: Tuscaloosa Alabama,Tuscaloosa County,Holt AL,Northport AL
Services: divorce mediation & arbitration,divorce lawsuits,legal separation,annulments

Sims & Neff LLC
(205) 752-9333
2909 7th St
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Areas Served: Tuscaloosa AL,Northport AL,Holt AL,Tuscaloosa County Alabama
Services: family law, division of property,arbitration services,mediation,child visitation

Tanner & Guin LLC
(205) 633-0200
2711 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Areas Served: Tuscaloosa County AL,Tuscaloosa Alabama,Northport AL,Holt AL
Services: spousal support,child support,child visitation agreements,debt division

Turner Webb
(205) 247-5011
2312 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Areas Served: Northport Alabama,Tuscaloosa County AL,Holt AL,Tuscaloosa AL
Services: family law attorneys for divorce,former name restoration,restraining orders

The Best Family Law Attorneys in Tuscaloosa County AL Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire 

The state of Alabama requires divorce and family law attorneys in Tuscaloosa County AL to be licensed by the Alabama State Bar simply as practicing attorneys, and not in the specialty of family law or divorce.

So the state bar license is no guarantee that any particular family or divorce lawyer in Tuscaloosa County AL is even competent in family law specifically, (or at trial), is providing real value, or satisfying clients.

This makes it significant that all family law attorneys in Tuscaloosa County AL who bear The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have been cleared by our research staff as passing all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous clients to verify high satisfaction, good complaint record, verified liability insurance, sufficient length of time in business, best business practices, and more.

Family Law Attorneys and Divorce Lawyers in Tuscaloosa County AL
Whether or not the parties in a marriage have children, a divorce (or 'dissolution of marriage') is handled in a branch of thecourt system known as family law. Often, lawyers who specialize in helping people through divorce are known as family law attorneys, divorce attorneys, or both.

In the world of family law, there are always at least two parties (occasionally more than that): basically husband and wife. Whereas in other areas of civil law the parties are known as plaintiff and defendant, in family law they are referred to as petitioner and respondent. Any family law or divorce attorneys are qualified to represent either party. In fact, there is little functional difference in the designations of petitioner and respondent. Whichever party makes the first request to the court for a dissolution or separation is the petitioner; he or she "petitions the court" and the other party "responds" to the petition.

If there are children under the age of eighteen involved in your divorce, divorce lawyers or family law attorneys in Tuscaloosa County will also be able to negotiate custody, visitation and support issues as a matter of course. Where divorcing parties are not fiercely divided over these issues, it is usually fine to negotiate an agreement and memorialize it through your respective counsel. If however, custody, visitation or support issues are contested, it may be best to be sure you have divorce lawyers or family law attorneys in Tuscaloosa County  that specialize in custody disputes.

Alabama law allows for the ending of a marriage based on incompatibility and irretrievable breakdown as no-fault grounds, and multiple fault grounds including adultery abuse, abandonment, imprisonment, and more.  You or your spouse must have lived in Alabama for six months prior to your attorney filing the divorce complaint.

No-Fault Divorce in Tuscaloosa County AL
The state of Alabama allows a no-fault divorce (referred to as a "mutual consent divorce") for the reasons of incompatibility and irretrievable breakdown.

which can be granted 90 days after filing for divorce where both spouses consent via affidavit that the marriage is "irretrievably broken".  If one spouse has been convicted of a personal injury crime against the other, the consent of the guilty spouse is presumed and an affidavit from them is not necessary.   The no-fault divorce can also be granted unilaterally based upon showing the spouses have lived separately for a minimum of one year, or due to one spouse needing to be confined to a mental institution for at least 18 months prior to the divorce filing, with no reasonable belief that the spouse will be discharged for at least 18 months after the filing for divorce.

Fault-Based Divorce in Tuscaloosa County AL

Alabama also allows an at-fault divorce in cases of adultery, intentional abandonment for at least one year prior to filing, imprisonment for at least two years, commission of a crime against nature, drug addiction after marriage, incurable insanity and confinement to a mental hospital, unknown pregnancy before marriage, violence against a spouse, separation of at least two years.

Annulment in Tuscaloosa County AL
Grounds for annulment include consent to marriage under fraud or duress, one spouse was under 14 years of age, one spouse was under influence of drugs or alcohol when the marriage ceremony took place, bigamy, inability to consummate the marriage due to impotence, marriage between relatives.

Division of Property in Tuscaloosa County AL
Alabama is an equitable distribution state, meaning the division of assets and liabilities shoudl be judged "fair and equitable" which does not necessarily mean 50/50. The property that each spouse had before the marriage is considered his/her separate property and awarded to that spouse, while the remaining property is divided between them as equally as possible.

Dissolving Civil Unions (Same-Sex Unions) in Alabama

Same-sex couples joined in a civil-union can dissolve their union through divorce in the state of Alabama.

Same-sex couples in Alabama were granted the ability to legally marry in 2015 and dissolving such a marriage through divorce follows the same process as legally ending a traditional marriage.

Dispute Resolution Alternatives to Divorce in Tuscaloosa County AL

Dispute resolution is a way of settling a claim other than a hearing or trial. Two forms of dispute resolution are mediation and arbitrations.  Some divorce lawyers in Tuscaloosa County AL provide mediation services as an alternative to potentially more costly divorce proceedings. 

Things Divorce Attorneys in Tuscaloosa County AL Will Do

The law requires that you make all legal claims in the divorce complaint, including alimony or spousal support, division of property, division of debts, taking back your former name, insurance policies, child custody, child visitation, child support.  A divorce lawyer will go through all of these for you including any necessary forensics to determine the true worth of existing assets and income.


Alimony Pendente Lite
Pendente Lite is a temporary order for alimony granted before the divorce is finalized in order to support a spouse during the divorce process. Pendente lite means "while the action is pending".

Open Durational Alimony
Usually awarded only if the couple has been married 20 years or more, or if one spouse is financially dependent or permanently unable to work due to disability or lack of skills or experience. You might get this alimony until you remarry or cohabitate (live with someone as though you are married), or the paying spouse reaches retirement age.  Either spouse can apply to the court after the divorce to adjust the alimony amount due to a change in circumstances.

Limited Durational Alimony
The court awards temporary alimony until a particular event, like you gain employment.  If your divorce attorney succeeds in getting the court to award you limited durational alimony, usually it will not last for a time period longer than the marriage itself.

Rehabilitative Alimony
Temporary alimony given upon proving that you are likely to be able to support yourself after a period of more education or training.

Reimbursement Alimony
Awarded by showing you supported your spouse though school or training and expected to benefit financially from an increase in  your spouse's income as a result.

Modification of Alimony and Spousal Support
A spouse may file a motion to modify spousal support or alimony by showing a change in one of the spouse's circumstances, such as a significant change of income, or physical disablement, or other changed circumstances that effect income or expenses.


There are two types of child custody: physical custody (where the child lives) and legal custody (who makes important decisions for the child).  Each type can be primary (granted mostly to one spouse) or joint (shared by both spouses).  In some cases, sole custody is ordered only where one parent is absent or found to be legally unfit.

Child Visitation Rights
The non-custodial parent will almost always get visits with the child. Those visits are restricted only if the court is convinced that non-custodial parent will harm the child.

Some Family Law Attorneys in Tuscaloosa County AL Are Much Better than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these divorce lawyers in Tuscaloosa County AL: Turner Webb, Espy Nettles Scogin & Brantley, Sims & Neff LLC, Tanner & Guin LLC. Other family law attorneys in Tuscaloosa County AL who might still be in business include: .




Resources About Family Lawyers or Divorce Attorneys in Tuscaloosa County AL 

Regulatory Bodies & Trade Associations Related to Divorce Lawyers in Tuscaloosa County AL

Alabama State Bar Association
Alabama State Bar Family Law Section
Alabama Family Rights Association
ACFTL American College of Family Trial Lawyers
AFCC Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
AAML American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
BBB Better Business Bureau
ISFL International Society of Family Law
FLA Family Law Association
NAFLA National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
NLA National Lawyers Association
NLG National Lawyers Guild

Media Related to Divorce Lawyers in Tuscaloosa County AL
Attorney At Law Magazine
ABA Journal - The Lawyer's Magazine
Family Lawyer Magazine

The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Divorce Lawyers and Family Law Attorneys in Tuscaloosa County AL within the following zip codes:  

35405, 35456, 35476, 35404, 35490, 35407, 35466, 35555, 35444, 35463, 35402, 35475, 35111, 35478, 35546, 35446, 35469, 35487, 35458, 35480, 35473, 35401, 35403, 35453, 35452, 35406 and 35474

The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Family Lawyers and Divorce Attorneys in Tuscaloosa County AL within the following cities:

Northport, Lake View, Tuscaloosa, Brookwood, Coaling and Holt





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