Fences make good neighbors

The location of boundaries between parcels of land is one of the more misunderstood areas of law by the public-at-large.  “BUT MY DEED SAYS. . .!” Many lawsuits (and regularly arrests) began with these words. Your deed does not conclusively determine the location our your boundary line. It is certainly evidence that you own side […]

Joint Physical Custody in Alabama: The Importance of Co-Parenting Following Divorce

A common misconception of physical custody of children following a divorce is that the term “joint physical custody” means that both parents split time with the children 50/50. Oftentimes, a joint physical custody schedule is thought of as a week-on/week-off custody schedule. However, it is important to understand that joint physical custody does not mean […]

Who owns the engagement ring?

In December of 2021, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals released Hattaway v. Coulter, an opinion concerning engagement rings. Believe it or not, engagement rings are often at the middle of divorce proceedings, and Hattaway goes to show just how important that first word is: engagement. Hattaway and Coulter were involved in a romantic relationship for several years, and towards […]

AL Supreme Court: You can commit adultery even after you file for divorce.

Frequently, clients ask me whether they can date after they have separated from their spouse from their spouse, but before a final divorce order is rendered. The Alabama Supreme Court provided their opinion on the question this week in the case: Jason Tyler Grimmett vs. April Grimmett. In an unanimous decision, the court held Neither […]