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Friday, June 23, 2017

House of Cards - Now there’s a perfect greeting card for every ex


Mother’s Day and Father’s Day have come and gone. For divorced parents, these days of acknowledgement can be awkward. If you’re divorced from your child’s mom or dad, you might want to wish them well on “their” day, but  how? Hallmark greeting cards are filled with heart-felt sentiment, but their messages of love and appreciation are rarely appropriate for divorced parents. Enter X Cards.

In 2008 — six years after they divorced — Ken and Wanda Bass founded their unique greeting card company to fill a niche for divorcees and their family members.
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Friend Me - How to reclaim relationships during and after divorce


For many couples, divorcing can also mean a shift in relationships with mutual friends. Ironically, just at a time when you need friends, you may find yourself lacking support. Retaining existing friendships and forging new ones becomes more important than ever as you move forward with your life. Consider these five suggestions for sustaining and building your network of friends.


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Monday, February 6, 2017

Assessing Your Options: Divorce Mediation Could A Third-Party Negotiator Make Your Divorce Easier?

Divorce is not one size fits all. Although the Hollywood version of divorce often depicts couples fighting it out before a judge, 90% of all divorces are settled out of court. A variety of factors — such as whether or not minor children are involved, alimony is being disputed, or when there are hi-net worth assets — may influence the way you go about divorce.  Depending upon the situation, mediation is one means of resolving issues that divorcing couples may find useful.


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Monday, January 30, 2017

Strings Attached: Financial Abuse Defined

Four Strategies to Put Into Action

Although it often goes undetected, over one in 12 Americans experiences financial abuse.[1] It is often tied to cases of domestic violence, but can also occur in situations in which there is no other violence or abusive conduct. According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, “financial abuse, while less commonly understood, is one of the most powerful methods of keeping a survivor trapped in an abusive relationship and deeply diminishes her ability to stay safe after leaving an abusive relationship.” [2]


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Why Social Media May Not Be Your Friend

Guidelines for divorcing in the digital age

For most of us, social media is a daily part of our lives. We love to share everything from images of cute pets to our political rants. Even under the best circumstances, texts, email and social media posts may be misconstrued or taken out of context. But when you’re in the process of divorce, considering what you send —before you post— becomes even more important.

“Going through a divorce always results in heightened levels of personal scrutiny.


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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Should You Stay, Or Should You Go? Listening to your motives may provide insight

When it comes to making the decision to divorce, no one can answer that question for you. The fact that nearly one half of all marriages end in divorce indicates that there are many reasons to part ways. Research shows that infidelity, physical, emotional or financial abuse, and addiction top the list of reasons why couples split.[1] But the impetus to make any decision comes down to one key factor: motive.

Exploring the rationale behind your desire to make life changes reveals a lot.


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Friday, December 16, 2016

Navigating Divorce with Children

Five ways to ease the long-term effects

When it comes to how your divorce will affect your children, no one has a crystal ball. But there are some actions you can take to help ease the transition. Experts have found that children's psychological reactions to their parents' divorce vary in degree dependent on three factors:

  • The quality of their relationship with each of their parents before the separation;
  • The intensity and duration of the parental conflict;
  • The parents' ability to focus on the needs of children in their divorce.[1]

Although you can’t control your child’s response to divorce, keeping these three factors in mind, you may mitigate the impact by focusing on the following aspects of family life that are within your control.


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

When Should I Talk to an Attorney?

Taking action doesn’t have to signal divorce. It means taking charge of your life.

For most people, divorce is a difficult decision that comes after a period (often years, even decades) of unhappy marriage. Even still, the act of meeting with a divorce attorney can feel overwhelming. For many, that meeting symbolizes the end of the relationship — or the demise of an ideal. In fact, meeting with a knowledgeable attorney can be the beginning of a new start — whether you decide to divorce or not.


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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Are You Getting Sound Advice?

Four principles for finding answers when you’re going through divorce

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.” — Erica Jong, novelist & poet


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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Domestic Violence & Protection From Abuse in Alabama

Domestic violence is an act that, like skipping stones into a pond, leaves ripples in its wake. Regrettably, what's left behind isn't just a puddle of water; it leaves damage ranging from emotional turmoil, to physical and emotional scarring that takes years to heal, and it creates legal problems. In the case of parents, domestic violence can affect who is awarded custody.  Like the emotional turmoil and legal problems mentioned above, the ripples of domestic violence into family law, child custody, and visitation determinations is widespread and deeper than many realize.

One of the most common misconceptions about Domestic Violence is that victims often believe that because they weren’t physically struck or wounded, the issue at hand is simply a “disagreement” and not abuse.


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Monday, June 6, 2016

ESTATE ADMINISTRATION WITH MARRIED AND UNMARRIED PARTNERS


While talks pertaining to divorce, death, and/or estate planning are hardly welcome ones in a loving and committed marriage or partnership, couples must realize that frank and honest discussions about divisions of property and assets are an absolute necessity.  This is doubly true and important when couples may have children from prior marriages or hold significant assets, especially assets attained prior to the partnership or marriage.  There is also now added complexity for same sex couples in Alabama as a result of last year’s Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruling in Obergefell v.
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