How To Prepare For Family Law Mediation
Leigh Daniel | Huntsville Alabama Divorce Blog
by Leigh Daniel, Attorney at Law
2M ago
Alabama couples who have separated may take advantage of mediation services to resolve disputed issues pertaining to their divorce. Mediation can reduce your divorce costs and time in court and potentially reduce marital strife and its negative impact on your children. In divorce mediation and child custody mediation, the mediator is a neutral third party who is trained to help the divorcing couple negotiate with one another to resolve issues related to custody, division of property, responsibility for debts, alimony, and other issues that arise during a divorce. Leigh Daniel Family Law offers ..read more
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Complex Issues in Divorce
Leigh Daniel | Huntsville Alabama Divorce Blog
by Leigh Daniel, Attorney at Law
4M ago
I’ve just finished listening to almost six hours of Continuing Legal Education.  The name of this training is, “Complex Divorce Settlement Strategies”.  What I learned from watching throughout the six hours could be summed up in about half a page.   But far from being disappointed with the waste of my hours, first off, I must do it to remain licensed, I’ve been gratified to know I have practiced so long that I can consider myself well educated when it comes to divorce issues. Navigating the Nuances of Divorce: Understanding the Complexity of Settlement Agreements Why is tha ..read more
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Finding Hidden Assets in Divorce
Leigh Daniel | Huntsville Alabama Divorce Blog
by Leigh Daniel, Attorney at Law
4M ago
A question I hear often is, “How do I know they have disclosed all the assets?” If the opposing party is a wage earner, we can usually trace their income from their paycheck to an account. If they are self-employed, it can be much more difficult.   These are some of the ways I have seen: Giving money to a family member, by setting up an account with them or asking them to keep money, or even transferring or saying you “sold” them something. Unless you are in the habit of giving your family members money then suddenly sending them thousands of dollars is going to trigger a question. Just ..read more
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Understanding High Net Worth Divorce: A Comprehensive Guide
Leigh Daniel | Huntsville Alabama Divorce Blog
by Leigh Daniel, Attorney at Law
5M ago
Most divorcing couples go through a process of figuring out how to split their property, such as the home they share, retirement accounts, and other assets. However, high-net-worth couples often face significant obstacles during a divorce because they have substantial wealth and frequently own complex assets that are challenging to assess and divide among parties. If you and your spouse have significant assets and want to get divorced, you need practical legal advice to protect your financial interests, the value of your assets, and your future. Understanding the Legal Landscape of High-Net-Wo ..read more
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Dos and Don’ts in High-Net-Worth Divorce
Leigh Daniel | Huntsville Alabama Divorce Blog
by Leigh Daniel, Attorney at Law
6M ago
All divorces have their challenges. However, when a divorcing couple has high-dollar assets, dissolving a marriage has the potential for high drama. Divorces involving the division of large amounts of money may incentivize both sides to dig in their heels. The decisions about the division of high-dollar assets may have long-term tax implications. You have every right to fight for the assets you deserve. You don’t have to face this difficult time alone. While there is no way to guarantee an outcome, educating yourself with some divorce financial planning and working with an experienced Huntsvil ..read more
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Emotional abuse
Leigh Daniel | Huntsville Alabama Divorce Blog
by Leigh Daniel, Attorney at Law
7M ago
I recently was listening to a recording of a call between a client who is getting divorced. The pure rage emanating from the voice caused me to have a visceral reaction. I can only imagine what it felt like to the recipient of the call. Even if you feel your spouse has betrayed you, lied to you, and generally made you feel like hell, it’s not an excuse to heap verbal and emotional abuse on them. From a legal perspective, it’s not going to play out as, “they deserved it”. The person who is going to look bad is the one who is being abusive. Signs of Verbal and Emotional Abuse 1. Cursing and usin ..read more
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What’s Best for the Kids?
Leigh Daniel | Huntsville Alabama Divorce Blog
by Leigh Daniel, Attorney at Law
7M ago
Both parents. Time and again studies have shown the importance of children having access and meaningful relationships with both of their parents. Yet, in the midst of a divorce, often one parent decides it’s best for the kids to be insulated from the other. If there is abuse, or substance abuse issues, or mental health challenges, perhaps safeguards are necessary. But even then, if the parent with the issues is willing to deal with appropriate treatment and supervision, they should have access to their children. Safeguard Your Children but Give Them Access The worst situation is when both par ..read more
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Divorcing Due to a Dysfunctional Marriage
Leigh Daniel | Huntsville Alabama Divorce Blog
by Leigh Daniel, Attorney at Law
8M ago
It may come as no surprise that many people who come to see me are in deeply dysfunctional marriages. I’m not talking about people who have grown apart over the years or those who just “can’t get along”. Instead, they are in marriages with a partner who has a substance abuse problem, who has some other addiction like gambling or spending, with a partner who is mentally ill, or part of a cycle of emotional or physical abuse. When I meet with these clients, I’m always surprised at how much they have endured before they have sought legal advice. Many times, what drives them to act is when they se ..read more
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Protection Orders vs. Pendente Lite Orders
Leigh Daniel | Huntsville Alabama Divorce Blog
by Leigh Daniel, Attorney at Law
8M ago
I had a protection order hearing today. My client prevailed and the order was dissolved as we sat there. We listened to testimony about the parties arguing, yelling, accusations, and finally about discipline of the children. There were also tape recordings of the same. Loud and angry voices but a protection order is not a remedy for people who can’t get along. It’s meant to protect parties from physical threats and threats of violence. The threat also must be an imminent threat. It can’t have happened many months or years before you go to file the motion.   The protection from abuse ..read more
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Divorcing Out of Dysfunction
Leigh Daniel | Huntsville Alabama Divorce Blog
by Leigh Daniel, Attorney at Law
9M ago
It may come as no surprise that many people who come to see me are in a deeply dysfunctional marriage. I’m not talking about people who have grown apart over the years or those who just “can’t get along”. Instead, they are in marriages with a partner who has a substance abuse problem, who has some other addiction like gambling or spending, or with a partner who is mentally ill. When I meet with these clients, I’m always surprised at how much they have endured before they have sought legal advice. Many times, what drives them to act is when they see the toll the unhealthy dynamic is having on t ..read more
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