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Alabama Code addresses the issue of alimony

When couples in Alabama go through a divorce, one of the issues they will face is that of alimony. One spouse may truly believe they need support, but the other spouse may not be eager to make monthly payments to their ex. However, Alabama Code recognizes that some spouses need to be awarded rehabilitative or periodic alimony to preserve as much of their standard of living as possible. However, the court also doesn't want to impose an undue financial hardship on the paying spouse.

To determine whether the spouse requesting alimony has a need for it, the court will consider several statutory factors. For example, the court will consider the spouse's individual assets, as well as marital property awarded to that spouse. Any marital debts that spouse will be responsible for may also be considered, as will the spouse's earning capacity. This includes any benefits that will help the spouse become gainfully employed. If the spouse has primary physical custody of the child and circumstances exist that necessitate having that spouse stay out of the workforce to care for the child, this may be considered. Finally, any other equitable factors may be considered.

Changes to Alabama anti-bullying laws slow to take effect

October is Anti-Bullying Awareness month, and many states have taken action by passing laws addressing this important issue. Alabama is one of these states that passed a law last spring in which school districts were to comply with certain anti-bullying guidelines. However, the school districts still haven't received the instructions about how they are to do so.

The new law expanded the definition of what constitutes harassment. It also addressed what school's responsibilities are with regard to bullying, even if the bullying did not take place at the school. The law applied to both traditional bullying and bullying over the Internet or other cyber-platforms. The law also mandated that at the beginning of each school year, schools should implement anti-bullying programs. In addition, law mandated that schools review their policies regarding bullying and update them if necessary to comply with state guidelines.

What happens if one fails to pay child support in Alabama?

In Alabama, both of a child's parents are responsible for meeting the child's financial needs. When parents are no longer in a relationship with one another, the custodial parent meets the child's financial needs by having the child in their physical care. The noncustodial parent meets the child's financial needs through the payment of child support.

Child support helps ensure the child has a safe and suitable place to live, food, and clothing. It can also be an important factor in ensuring the child's other needs, such as educational and entertainment expenses are met. Unfortunately, sometimes a noncustodial parent fails to pay the required amount of child support. When that happens, the custodial parent may want to seek enforcement of the child support order.

OxyContin pervasive in Alabama

Wide use of the narcotic pain reliever, OxyContin, began with the manufacturer, Purdue Pharma, selling the substance in the United States in 1996. Since then, the prescription drug has gained a bad reputation for its high likelihood of abuse.

In fact, the state of Alabama even sued Purdue Pharma earlier this year over the OxyContin producer’s failure to accurately portray risks associated with the drug.

A brief overview of special education laws in the U.S.

Children with special needs deserve to have the same chance at a public education that other students in Alabama and nationwide are entitled to. Therefore, the federal government began passing laws in 1975 that prevented discrimination against disabled students in public schools. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, as of 2013, more than 10 percent of all public school pupils were the recipients of special education services.

The first federal law passed was the Education for All Handicapped Children Act. Under this law, students with disabilities must be given the same opportunities for education that other students receive.

How must schools address bullying under federal law?

Bullying is a serious issue in schools in Alabama and nationwide. However, it may surprise you to hear that no federal law directly prohibits the act of bullying. However, sometimes bullying also falls under the umbrella of unlawful discriminatory harassment against someone in a protected class. These protected classes include a student's religion, age, sex, race, color, disability and national origin. The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education are responsible for enforcing cases of bullying that also constitute illegal discriminatory harassment.

The laws against unlawful discriminatory harassment also place obligations on schools to address such acts. Schools must address acts that: are severe, pervasive or persistent; create a hostile school environment that substantially interferes with the victim's ability to benefit from the services of the school; and that are based on a protected class.

What types of child custody are recognized in Alabama?

Wedded bliss is not always meant to last for some couples. When it comes to divorce, many important decisions must be made. This is especially true if the couple has children.

The state of Alabama recognizes four types of child custody. The first type of custody is joint legal custody. When parents share joint legal custody, they each have the same rights and responsibilities to make key decisions regarding the upbringing of the child. This includes where the child will go to school, what religion the child will practice and health care decisions on behalf of the child, among other major decisions.

Can I choose drug court to avoid criminal charges?

Long-standing debates have questioned whether to punish those who have drug addictions with jailtime or treat them to absolve the addiction instead. The state of Alabama recognizes that an addiction can be corrected differently than other criminal behavior.

Drug court programs offer an alternative to criminal prosecution for those who have been charged with drug-related offenses, such as possession of an illegal drug. Read on to learn more.

Marijuana possession is still illegal in Alabama

Marijuana use is becoming increasingly approved in our society, at least for medicinal purposes. Medical marijuana has been made legal in more than 23 states. Even the recreational use of marijuana has been decriminalized in 18 states, and a few states have even made the recreational use of marijuana legal. However, Alabama still takes a hard stance against marijuana possession.

In Alabama, there are two types of drug crimes with respect to marijuana possession. The first is second-degree possession of marijuana for personal use. This is considered to be a Class A misdemeanor. The penalties for this crime include up to 12 months in jail and a fine in the amount of $6,000.

What can parents do when their child is bullied?

There are many concerns parents here in Alabama may have at the start of a new school year. This includes concerns about the possibility of their child facing bullying. Unfortunately, bullying is something a fair number of U.S. students end up experiencing. National data points to 28 percent of students in grades 6 to 12 being bullied.

This may leave many parents wondering: What can I do if my child is getting bullied at school? Today, we’ll go over some of the steps parents can take to help their kids when bullying raises its head.

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