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Facing Divorce at a Young Age

Posted in Alabama Child Custody & Visitation, Alabama Divorce

Divorce can occur at any stage of life, whether you are in your twenties or facing retirement. Couples who married young and who are considering divorce while still in their 20s or early 30s will likely face different challenges than their older counterparts. If you are young and considering divorce, it is important to have a clear understanding of your rights and obligations as you move forward. While it may be difficult to watch others getting married as you watch your marriage dissolve, understanding your rights and options can help you prepare for a better future.

When divorcing at a young age, it is important to protect your personal and financial interests and your rights involving children. Our Birmingham divorce attorneys understand the complex issues faced by younger couples who have decided to dissolve their marriage. Whether you own a home, want to protect custody, or are concerned about the division of credit card debt, we are here to help.

In addition to the legal struggles faced by young couples, many also face pressure and judgment from outsiders. Religious couples may worry about the implications of divorce. Remember that your situation is unique and that it is important to make the best decisions for yourself and your family. Some marriages cannot be repaired and it is best to make the decision as soon as possible so that you can move forward and start a new life. Some marital issues, including addiction or alcoholism and abuse, will not improve over time. Victims of domestic violence and other deeper problems in the home should get professional help as they transition through divorce.

Regardless of your reasons for ending the marriage, your rights and financial security are a priority. In addition to protecting your assets, you want to be sure that you get the spousal and child support you need. If you are the breadwinner or sole provider, you also want to be certain that your support obligations are manageable. If you and your spouse own a home, you will have to decide whether to keep the family home or sell it and split the assets. Many young couples also have student loans or other debts. Remember that debts are considered marital property so it is important to understand what obligations you may face regarding shared debts.

In addition to financial concerns, young couples with children will have the stress of determining custody and visitation arrangements. If you are divorcing young it is likely that your children are young too. Even if your children aren’t old enough to understand divorce, they may be impacted by the stress of moving or new custody arrangements. Putting the best interests of your children first can help you and your spouse come to an amicable and long-term solution. An experienced advocate can also help you protect your rights to custody and visitation. Divorce at a young age can be difficult, but for many couples, marriage too young can result in a broken union. Taking an honest look at your marriage will help you make the best decisions for yourself and your children.

Contact Birmingham divorce and family law attorney Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.

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Divorce Trend: Social Networking Clauses in Prenuptial Agreements

Posted in Financial Issues, Marriage, Prenuptial Agreements, Uncategorized

Prenuptial agreements are one way to clearly outline how assets and debts will be divided in the event of divorce. Clarifying these details from the outset can help to better understand expectations between both spouses, while protecting your rights in the event of a marriage dissolution.

While prenuptial agreements primarily outline financial agreements in the event of divorce, new “social media clauses,” spell out how spouses are allowed to behave online. According to reports, a new trend of social media clauses in prenuptial agreements involve the inclusion of language about posting unflattering or embarrassing information on social media accounts, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumbler.

Few people get married expecting the union to fail, and even fewer can imagine a person they once cared for so deeply trashing them online, ruining their reputation, business prospects and more. Unfortunately, the reality is 50 percent of marriages will end in divorce. Whether a marriage lasts six months or 20 years, both spouses have time to accumulate information, data and photos that their spouse does not want made public. Our Birmingham divorce lawyers are experienced with representing individuals who are facing divorce. In addition to providing advocacy through the divorce process, we can also counsel couples prior to marriage and devise a prenuptial agreement to secure personal and financial well-being in the event of divorce.

Social media applications are growing in popularity, and the risks of certain kinds of exposure are worth addressing. Essentially, a social media clause in a prenuptial agreement is an extension of the non-disparagement clause, which existed long before Facebook or Twitter. The purpose of a non-disparagement clause is to restrict both parties from taking action or making statements that might negatively impact the other.

To create the most effective social networking clause, both parties should be specific about which websites are applicable, and what cannot be posted without consent. Some clauses may stipulate there is to be no release of pictures (particularly those with nudity) absent both parties’ express consent. Such clauses can apply during and after a marriage is finalized.

Other contracts have gone so far as to limit what kind of online or social media relations a spouse can have during the marriage. For example, a provision may state that a spouse cannot tweet, text or communicate with a new ‘friend’ without consent. In general, the clauses can help protect individual parties from defamatory or derogatory comments, or social media displays that call into question the other spouse’s reputation. Still, it’s not entirely clear  how such clauses will hold up in court. What is a violation to one spouse may seem harmless to another.

The prenuptial agreement is, simply put, a legally binding contract between two parties. When there is a violation of that agreement, the “victim” must be able to prove financial damages, including how a damaged reputation could amount to lost clients or business. In the end, including a social media clause could serve as a warning to keep both spouses on best behavior when divorce becomes a possibility. If this limits the contentiousness of a proceeding, it could ultimately save both parties money, as disputes may be more amicably resolved.

If you are facing divorce, you should be careful of what you post online, regardless of whether a prenuptial agreement is in place. You may find your online posts and discourse to be effectively used against you.  A social media clause in a prenuptial agreement could preserve your privacy and prevent disparaging comments made by a spouse. In the end, you can help protect your own reputation, business, and personal relationships though advanced legal planning.

Contact Birmingham divorce and family law attorney Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.

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Who is Responsible for Student Loans After Divorce?

Posted in Alabama Divorce, Divorce Property Division

Student loan debt is becoming an increasing financial burden for young Americans. When you sign the original loan document, it may seem perfectly feasible to pay off that debt over years, even decades. But what happens to loan debt in the event of divorce? Who is responsible for paying them off? Can lenders turn to an ex-spouse for debts accrued before the marriage?

As with any debt or question involving marital property, the results can vary. However, there are some general rules when it comes to the distribution of student loan debt.

Prenuptial agreements are one way to ensure  you and your spouse are on the same page about debt obligations. If you don’t have a prenuptial agreement and are facing divorce, it is important to consult with an advocate who can review your debt history and protect your rights. Our Birmingham divorce lawyers are experienced with helping clients protect their financial interests before a marriage, during a separation and after a divorce is finalized. We will take the time to review your assets, debts and income, understand your priorities and work toward an optimal outcome in court.

As with any assets or debts, it is important to determine which property is marital and which is separate. Generally, separate property will include property owned by either spouse before the marriage, inheritances, gifts, personal injury lawsuit settlements or prior debts. Marital property is everything else accrued during the marriage. Alabama is an equitable distribution state, meaning marital assets will be divided in a “fair and equitable manner.” To understand student loan debt at the time of divorce, here are some primary considerations:

Loan debt accrued before the marriage is not marital property. If you or your spouse took out a student loan before the marriage, that debt will likely stick with the original debtor. Lenders can only go after the borrower who signed the promissory note and lending contract.

Debts are divided in marriage the same as assets. Debt will generally be divided using the same “equitable distribution” standards. Marital debt may include car loans, mortgages, personal loans, or credit card debts.

Student loans incurred during the marriage may be considered marital property. If you and your spouse made arrangements to incur debt to finance an education, that debt may be considered marital property and shared at the time of divorce. Whether or not that debt is lumped into the rest of marital property depends on the circumstances.

The circumstances vary widely and will hinge on questions such as, what were the student loans used for and was the degree ultimately earned. In many states, professional degrees earned during a marriage are considered separate property. Thus, the debt is considered a separate debt.

However, some jurisdictions consider professional degrees to be marital property. Questions involving the division of assets and debts are always complicated. The results of your case will depend heavily on the individual facts. To best protect your financial interests, it is important to consult with an Alabama property division attorney who can advocate on your behalf.

Contact Birmingham divorce and family law attorney Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.

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Five Tips for Successful Co-Parenting

Posted in Alabama Child Custody & Visitation, Alabama Collaborative Law, Alabama Divorce & Family Law Updates

After a divorce has been finalized and a custody order is in place, parents will have to learn the art of “co-parenting.” It could take months or even years, depending on how well you, your spouse, and your children adjust. Co-parenting can be complicated, but is important to create stability for your children and to develop a long-term solution post-divorce. Both parents will have to learn to put differences aside and face the many challenges of parenthood, even while living in different households.

Though co-parenting is never easy, both parents should make an effort to make positive choices and decisions in the best interest of the children. Our Birmingham child custody attorney is dedicated to protecting the rights of clients and to developing lasting family solutions post-divorce. We understand the complicated nature of joint custody and will work to help parents effectively navigate the family law court system. In addition to protecting the rights of our clients, we are mindful of the struggles families will face at home long after a divorce order is finalized. Here are some helpful tips for co-parenting to ease the transition for your while family.

1) Keep in mind your children’s best interest. The best interest of your children is a standard adopted by the court, but should be adopted by both parents as well. Remember that joint custody arrangements may be more challenging, but they are the best option for children who benefit from time with both parents. Try to get past any painful history with your ex, let go of resentments, and focus on creating a healthy and stable life for your children.

2) Establish a new relationship with your ex. Moving on may involve reinventing your relationship with our ex. Thinking of your ex as an extended family member, a business partner, or a friend can help to reestablish a relationship that has a new focus an priority. Even though your marriage is over, you can put your differences aside and keep your kids the focus of your newly established relationship.

3) Make security, consistency, and solutions a priority. Whether making a decision with your ex, creating a schedule, or establishing a routine, you should have priorities in mind. Children should feel secure and that their relationships with both parents are predictable and reliable. They will benefit from the consistency, patterns, and routine that you create. If you focus on problem-solving and solutions, you can turn the attention away from any differences you may have with your ex.

4) Find other outlets for your emotions. If you are still struggling with the pain of a divorce, seek professional help, friend circles, or support groups. Never vent to your children about the pain you are experiencing with the divorce. Deal with stress in healthy ways such as exercise, taking yoga, or learning meditation. Healthy stress relief can help prevent you from taking it out on your former spouse or children. Never use your children as messengers or put them in the middle.

5) Focus on communication. Whether recently divorced or working on co-parenting after years, you will always have to focus on peaceful, respectful, and purposeful communication with your ex. This is the key to co-parenting and will help you get through the transition, whether your children are toddlers, teenagers, or adults.

Contact Birmingham divorce and family law attorney Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.

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Prenuptial Agreements and Estate Planning

Posted in Alabama Divorce, Alabama Property Division, Marriage, Prenuptial Agreements

A romantic proposal, engagement, wedding planning, and the enticement of a long and happy future may not ring effortlessly with a discussion about divorce, death, or estate planning. Still, many couples realize that planning for their financial future requires a frank and honest discussion about division of property, especially when couples have children from a prior marriage or hold significant assets. Prenuptial agreements are not just about protecting assets in the event of divorce. The document can be a much more powerful tool to ensure that your assets are properly directed in the event of incapacitation or death.

ringsoAccording to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, prenuptial agreements are an increasingly common tool to assist both men and women with complex estate planning. Our Birmingham prenuptial agreement lawyer is committed to protecting our clients at every stage of their legal relationship. From negotiating and drafting prenuptial agreements through divorce and dispute resolution, we can effectively protect your rights and long-term financial interests.

Prenuptial agreements can be particularly effective for couples later in life, who have accumulated significant assets that they want to keep separate from their new spouse, or their new spouse’s heirs. Many couples who have already divorced and are marrying for a second or third time should take financial planning seriously. In these cases, a new spouse may also be more open-minded to creating a prenuptial agreement.

When it comes to prenuptials and estate planning, most of the time individuals are seeking to hold on to assets that they accumulated before marriage. The contract will cover the protection of separate property rather than having it convert to marital property. Prenuptial agreements may also cover issues including how property will be divided and inheritance rights. In most cases, the prenuptial will protect property and assets for the children of a prior marriage. The agreement can prevent assets from being considered marital property and would be automatically passed on to heirs as part of the estate at the time of death.

Prenuptial agreements should be compatible with any other estate plans or wills. Both prenups and trusts are contracts that can override a will or support a case in the event of a will contest, however all parties would be best served if documents were in agreement and estate plans coincide with the prenuptial contract. Prior to marriage, couples should discuss their intentions, address potential problems and decide whether a prenuptial is the best course of action. You could create a very basic prenuptial agreement and then add details later to make directions more specific and to ensure that the document is compatible with a comprehensive estate plan.

Without a prenuptial agreement, the surviving spouse will have the right to at least part of the estate outright. A prenuptial agreement waives the right to the state mandated spouse’s estate in lieu of other considerations. To prevent the automatic passing of the estate, couples should consider a prenuptial agreement. The contract can designate how property should be divided, including savings and retirement accounts, real estate, stocks and bonds, or a family business.

If you are seeking a divorce in Birmingham, contact Family Law Attorney Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.

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Alabama Child Support Guidelines Under Review

Posted in Alabama Child Support

At the time of divorce, couples will have to work out new payment arrangements to secure the livelihood of both spouses and the children. While spousal support payments are negotiable and are largely based on court opinion, child support payments are less flexible and based on statutory calculations. The Alabama state panel advisory board has voted this month to review Alabama guidelines that govern how much a spouse should pay for child support. The guidelines were adopted in 2009 and the Alabama Child Support Advisory Board has voted to hire an outside firm for review and to apply changes in cost of living.

The review could potentially mean an increase in child support payments, which has led to concern of some father’s rights groups. Our Birmingham divorce attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients. We understand the significant stress and burden that can be placed on those responsible for child support payments. We also know that many primary caretakers depend on child support to take care of their families. Whether you are seeking to increase and collect child support or you want to minimize child support obligations, we can protect your rights before, during and after a divorce is finalized.

According to reports, the board reviews the guidelines every four years to ensure fairness, both to those responsible for making payments and for those who collect child support. The panel is made up of family lawyers and judges in Alabama. Before the changes are approved, the recommendations will go to the Alabama Supreme Court. In the past, reviews and recommendations that have been approved have resulted in an increase in child support payments. Father’s rights and other advocacy groups argue that the law is already demanding too much. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 62% of child support due was actually paid in 2011.

Some members of the advisory board claim that the amount is too much. Advocacy groups have requested child support payments be capped at the amount that the state pays foster parents. The groups have also recommended that child support payments be placed on debit cards so that the courts can track expenditures to ensure that the money is going to the costs of raising children. According to committee members, this review is limited to reviewing cost-of-living and will not be making any major overhauls of the child support payment system.

Child support determinations can raise issues for divorce couples long after a court order has been rendered. Child support complications may also impact couples who were never married. If you are unable to make child support payments due to an injury, job loss, or other financial hardship, you may be eligible for a modification. If you are unable to collect child support or your obligated former spouse has missed child support payments, you may need to take court action to protect your rights. Our firm is experienced with complex issues involving child support payments and can effectively protect your rights.

Contact Birmingham Family Law Attorney Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.

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Taking Control of Finances During Life’s Transitions

Posted in Alabama Divorce

Life is full of transitions—graduating high school, college, starting a new job, marriage, or having a baby. Some transitions later in life can be more challenging—illness or injury, the death of a loved one, or divorce. In life’s biggest transitions, we will often have to confront financial hardship as well as the emotional and personal struggles of getting through tough times. When facing a personal transition, such as divorce, it is important to have a clear understanding of how to protect yourself and your financial security.

When faced with an unexpected life event, you may feel the urge to make quick decisions or act while emotions are high. It is best to take a well-planned and strategic approach that will benefit you and your family in the long run. Our Birmingham family law attorneys are committed to helping clients protect their rights and long-term interests. We will help you to review your options, identify your priorities, and work towards the solution that meets your family’s needs. Knowing that divorce can bring stress, anxiety, and a sense of instability, our priority is to help you keep perspective, while protecting your legal rights in the process.

Here are some tips to help you make sound financial decisions during transition, including divorce:

Know your priorities: When making important financial decisions during a time of transition, it is important not to lose perspective. Know what is important and be sure to focus on your real priorities.

Don’t accumulate new debts: Review your assets, debts, and income and be realistic about your spending patterns or habits. Don’t make your situation more complicated by accumulating new debts. You will want to be sure that you stay on top of your mortgage or rent, as well as paying off your high interest debts, including credit cards.

Plan ahead: When going through a life transition, you will still want to remain focused on your long-term goals. Do you want to keep your family home? Continue saving for your children’s college fund? When facing divorce, it is important to consider your long-term financial plans so that you can lay the proper foundation to meet your goals.

Divide joint accounts:  When you make the decision to divorce, dividing joint accounts will save you and your spouse future headaches. Even if one spouse runs up debt just to hurt the other, credit card companies will look towards both names if they are still on the account. Even before a divorce is finalized, you should work to divide assets and “uncouple your finances” as soon as possible. An experienced attorney can help protect your rights to personal savings, retirement accounts, child support or spousal maintenance.

Seek out necessary financial and legal resources: If you are struggling and in need of help, there are significant professional resources, including financial planners to help you. There are also online resources to help you get organized or make the necessary sacrifices to get you through this difficult transition. An experienced advocate can also help you identify your objectives and protect your legal rights.

Contact Birmingham divorce and family law attorney Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.

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Women’s Education and the Likelihood of Divorce

Posted in Alabama Divorce

Researchers are always interested in finding patterns and links to determine which couples are most likely to divorce. Perhaps they are trying to steer couples away from the inevitable or identify a mismatch. But it is no surprise that when it comes to love and marriage, tides are always changing. Where previous research once showed that women with more education than their husbands were more likely to divorce, new data suggest that this is not the case. According to a study published by the American Sociological Review, couples who have attained a similar level of education are less likely to divorce.

The reasons for a couple to divorce will vary. Some will cite money problems, issues with health or sex, and some just seem to grow apart. While no clear trend for why couples divorce has emerged, the divorce rate remains the same–around 50%. Our Birmingham divorce attorneys are dedicated to helping protect the rights of men and women, fathers and mothers, who are facing divorce. We understand the very difficult nature of this transition and will provide comprehensive support to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family.

Researchers decided to challenge conventional wisdom about educated women and divorce, finding that spouses with the same level of education who were married between 200 and 2004 were one-third less likely to divorce that couples where a husband had more education than his wife. New generations are more egalitarian when it comes to education and financial contributions to a marriage. This poses a shift from the traditional norm of a man taking on the role of breadwinner and his wife staying at home. While women’s education plays a role in this shift, so does a changing economy, where double incomes are becoming a necessity for many families.

The new shift means that an educated woman in the marriage is not a threat, but an asset. Not only should women ignore traditional knowledge of an education making divorce more likely, but men should be grateful that women are viable participants in generating household income. According to reports, women serve as the breadwinner in 4 out of 10 American households. In over 60% of couples married between 2005 and 2009, women have more education than their male counterparts. As more women are getting advanced degrees and increasing their earnings, marriages do not seem to suffer.

As with any marriage, times can be difficult, regardless of who is earning. Some marriages will face a breakdown after a few years or a few decades. Whether you are constantly embroiled in a dispute or you have the feeling that it is “the end,” you are not alone. Divorce is never easy and most couples come to the decision after years of trying to work things out. When facing divorce, it is important to protect your rights involving assets, custody, maintenance, and division of property. An experience advocate can review your case, identify your priorities, and work towards a solution in the best interests of your family.

Contact Birmingham Family Law Attorney Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.

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Exploring Options for Same-Sex Divorce

Posted in Alabama Divorce, Same Sex Couple Issues

Same-sex couples who are fortunate enough to live in a state where they can marry, will face significant challenges if they move to another state where marriages are not recognized. Similarly, married same-sex couples who live in a state like Alabama, where their marriage is not legally recognized, will face significant hurdles when it is time for divorce. For couples living in states where their marriage is not recognized, divorce can be nearly impossible. In many cases, couples have been forced to move out of state to a state where same-sex is legal, just so they can meet residency requirements to divorce.
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Instead of moving out of state, couples can pursue other options, including a court battle asserting equal rights. Some couples will opt to protest their state laws to protect their rights and to prevent being forced out of state. Our Birmingham divorce attorneys are dedicated to providing strategic advocacy to same-sex couples living in Alabama. In addition to establishing same-sex union rights within the state, we can help couples explore their rights and options when seeking a divorce.

In some of these cases, divorces have been granted after a judge strikes down a same-sex marriage ban. Last month in Indiana, a judge struck down a same-sex marriage ban, allowing a couple to divorce before the ruling was stayed. A few judges will approve a divorce if they oppose the state’s gay marriage ban or if they establish that the law is not an impediment to a divorce proceeding.

In addition to the underlying divorce, same-sex couples will face a host of other legal hurdles, involving custody, property, and maintenance. Even if a divorce is resolved out of state, it doesn’t mean that a same sex couple will be afforded protections when they return home. Since the Supreme Court struck down the Defense Against Marriage Act, many states have been forced to confront their bans against same-sex marriage. Another federal law granted same-sex couples federal benefits, though it didn’t force states to legalize same-sex marriage.

For same-sex couples living in states like Alabama, options can be limited. Annulments do not settle complex issues like custody or property division. For couples who decide to move out of state to obtain a divorce, residency requirements can be up to a year. In many states, there are no residency requirements for marriage, meaning that couples can fly in, marry, and then go back to their home state. Getting a divorce has proven much more complicated. Now plaintiffs are being forced to seek out forums where laws are less strict on divorce-residency requirements.
While cases continue to push through the courts, same-sex couples from Alabama will likely continue to marry elsewhere and return home to a host of legal issues in the event of divorce. Same-sex couples should consult with an experienced attorney regarding their rights before, during, and after divorce.

Contact Birmingham divorce and family law attorney Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.

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Wedding Rings in Alabama “Sail Away” After Failed Marriage

Posted in Alabama Divorce, Alabama Family Law Basics

Saying goodbye to a marriage may involve a host of traditions, in addition to the signing of divorce papers. In a recent gone-viral Alabama story, a family found two wedding rings tied to a balloon that landed in their backyard. After going on an extended search to find the owner of the rings, the couple learned that they were sent off ceremoniously, in commemoration of a failed marriage. According to reports, the former bride decided that instead of selling her wedding rings, she should make the rings a part of, “letting go.”

For many facing divorce, there is certainly a challenge in “letting go,” but the end of a marriage can also mean new beginnings and liberation. Whether you are considering divorce or you have already made the decision to move on, it is important to focus on finding a long-term resolution. Our Birmingham divorce attorneys understand that divorce can be a complicated and overwhelming time, even if you are ready. We will take the time to identify your priorities, protect your rights, and work towards a lasting solution for you and your family.

A woman from Caloosa, Alabama tied her engagement ring and wedding band to the end of two helium balloons and released them earlier this month. Her current boyfriend was also a part of the ceremony, involving tying the two rings and letting them go. A few weeks later, the rings were found in the yard of another family in Winfield, Alabama, 55 miles away from the site where they were released. After finding the rings, the family went on a search to find out who the rings belonged to. The family ultimately turned the rings over to the police, although the former wife and original owner says that she has no intention of reclaiming the rings.

While the family was praised for their honesty for turning in the valuable items, the original owner is giving them to the finders and hopes that maybe they will tie them to another balloon and let them go. The story has gone viral and many have praised the idea that releasing the rings was more important in letting go than the money. For anyone who has been through a divorce, the process is no doubt painful.

To prevent the feelings of fear or being overwhelmed, there are practical steps you can take to protect your rights before, during, and after divorce. Consulting with an attorney as soon as possible will help you to identify your interests, assess any points of contention, and take a strategic approach to get results. Whether you are concerned about preserving your custody rights, protecting the family home, or maintaining your retirement accounts, and experienced attorney can help you secure your rights. Taking a comprehensive and long-term approach to divorce will also help you lay the foundation for your future and “just let go.”

Contact Birmingham divorce and family law attorney Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.

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