Brackin & Johnson Law Firm

150 West Section Avenue

Foley, Al 36535


455 Magnolia Avenue

Fairhpe, AL 36532

Thursday, 12 January 2012 09:13

Divorce Division of Property

Division of Marital Property in a Baldwin County Divorce

Who gets the vehicles? Who gets the house? How should a family business be divided? Has your spouse hidden assets? These are all important questions that must be explored and answered in the property division portion of a divorce.

Complex Family Law Financial Issues

Alabama is a non-community property state where marital assets are not necessarily split down the middle. This gives divorcing couples and their attorneys the freedom to negotiate property division.

At Brackin, McGriff & Johnson, in Baldwin County Alabama, our divorce lawyers have decades of experience helping clients achieve their goals in property division.

Analyzing Your Combined Assets in a Divorce Case

We begin with an analysis of all of your assets and debts. Gather copies of your tax returns, and statements from your bank accounts, investments, pensions, 401Ks, mortgage, credit card debt and other loans.

When necessary, we will bring in a forensic accountant or a forensic computer expert.

Marital Property or Separate Property?

Our attorneys will identify which assets are marital assets and which are separate property. In general, anything that was inherited or received as a gift during the marriage is considered separate property as long as it was kept apart from marital assets and not used for the benefit of the household.

Baldwin County Divorce Attorney - Foley Family Law Lawyer

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Friday, 25 November 2011 22:24

Family Law Attorney

family-lawFor more than 25 years, our Baldwin County Alabama legal team has provided comprehensive family law representation tailored to each client's unique situation and needs. We understand the substantial emotional and financial hardships associated with divorce and other related legal issues. We dedicate our significant talent and resources to helping clients achieve their goals and receive favorable resolutions.

Foley, Alabama Family Law attornies with Brackin McGriff & Johnson provide exceptional service and attention through the course of your case. Our firm values our role as your counsel and will take the time to help you understand your legal issues and how the law may affect your case.

Baldwin County Family Law Attorney

At Brackin McGriff & Johnson, we represent men and women in need of legal guidance for family law matters. At our firm, we approach cases with an eye toward dispute resolution, utilizing negotiation, mediation and arbitration to avoid costly litigation and trial. However, we aggressively fight for our clients at trial when taking their matter in front of a judge is in their best interests.

Our extensive representation includes the following:

  • Contested and uncontested divorce
  • Legal separation
  • Child custody and child support
  • Alimony
  • Property division
  • Stepparent adoptions
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
  • Post-divorce modifications

Baldwin County Divorce Attorney

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Monday, 14 November 2011 01:42

Divorce Cases

Alabama Divorce Lawyer

The health, safety, and well-being for you and your children can be big concerns if you are going through a divorce. It helps to have the guidance of an experienced divorce attorney to help you make important decisions that will affect you now and for years to come. When the people of Foley, Gulf Shores, Robertsdale, Alabama and surrounding communities need divorce and family law guidance, they know they can find a lawyer who will look out for their best interests at the Brackin, McGriff & Johnson law office. If you need help with a family law issue such as divorce, child custody, alimony, property settlement, modification of divorce, or adoption, contact us today, and let our attorney's advise you on the issues facing you and your family.


Divorce is seldom simple. Two lives have become intertwined legally, financially, and emotionally. Divorce becomes even more complicated when children are involved or when the husband and wife are living in different states. When you are getting divorced, you want to make sure assets and liabilities are divided fairly and equitably, and that your children’s best interests are addressed.

Your Best Interests in Divorce Cases

When helping clients who are dealing with divorce, our main concern is to do what is in the best interest of our client. Our extensive trial experience allows us to be tough negotiators in and out of the courtroom.   While going to trial with a contested divorce it is sometimes unavoidable, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods such as mediation are alternatives which are often required by the family court. Whether it is through negotiation, mediation, or going to court, our goal is always the same – achieve the best results for our client and their family.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

While we can be tough trial attorneys in the courtroom, we recognize the value and necessity of mediation in divorce and family law matters.  Mediation is a more informal method of ADR in which both parties work together with the help of a mediator to find a mutually agreed-upon solution.  We use our experience as  mediators to help parties resolve divorce issues without the stress and cost of litigation.

Professional Service and Guidance through Divorce

Family law matters may leave you facing difficult decisions. If you are in Foley, Gulf Shores or Fairhope Alabama or surrounding areas, and you need the representation of a divorce lawyer or family law attorney with extensive experience, contact us  today. The attorneys of Brackin, McGriff & Johnson will look out for your best interests and guide you through the process. We pride ourselves on our professional service, and promises to answer every phone call.

Baldwin County Alabama Divorce Attorney

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Saturday, 22 October 2011 10:32

Divorce Attorney

Divorce Guidance from an Experienced Alabama Divorce Attorney

Guiding your family through complicated divorce proceedings can be a challenging task without the assistance of an experienced Divorce lawyer. When seeking resolutions to the various issues relating to your divorce, the proper legal counsel can help you find the results you need to move your family forward with their lives as quickly and painlessly as possible.

The Law Firm of Brackin, McGriff & Johnson represents Baldwin County families involved in divorce proceedings. Our work is designed to help you resolve your issues with a minimum of financial and emotional expenses, in turn allowing you to protect yourself and your loved ones from a drawn out and painful divorce process.

To schedule a consultation to discuss your divorce concerns with an experienced attorney, please call (251) 943-4040 or contact our office today.

Attention to Your Specific Divorce Concerns

Our experience allows us to offer detailed advice on the various issues relating to your divorce, including:

  • Divorce mediation
  • Marital property valuation and division
  • Child custody matters
  • Child support
  • Spousal maintenance

To help put your mind at ease throughout your proceedings, we take great care to offer an overview of the process for you and prepare you for what you can expect from the divorce process. we then conduct an extensive information-gathering session in which we will discuss your concerns, your assets and your goals, giving our attorneys a feel for how best to approach your proceedings.

This approach, combined with our experience and knowledge of Baldwin County courts, allows us to offer the detailed and understanding help you need to guide your family to the best possible conclusions.

Contact Brackin, McGriff & Johnson for the Personal Support You Deserve

In our years as an attorney, we have learned that no two divorces are exactly alike. With that in mind, we strive to provide the personalized support you need when facing these complicated and often emotional situations.

As trained mediators, we are qualified to prepare you for the mediation and case management processes, and can help you to try to resolve your case before going into the courtroom.

Contact our office to discuss your concerns and learn how we can be of assistance.

Baldwin County Divorce Attorney

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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 12:10

Areas of Practice

Alabama Law Library

Our attorneys at Brackin, McGriff and Johnson are well versed in many areas of law. Below are just a few examples of what we can do for you.

Business Law

Business Organizations, Formation, and Dissolution- Think you are ready to move to the next step for your business? Our attorneys are well versed in helping you take that next step by finding which type of business organization is right for you and your associates, and then guiding you through the process of forming that type of organization.

Family Law | Divorce

Divorce- At Brackin, McGriff, & Johnson, we understand that the process of going through a divorce is difficult enough. We want to work for you to make sure that your legal experience during this difficult time is as easy and painless as possible. We will fight hard for your rights while also remaining understanding and compassionate to your needs.

Child Support

Child Support - We are committed to obtaining a justified modification of child support, custody, or other orders when your circumstances change after divorce.

Child Custody

Child Custody- We are also committed to establishing a child custody and visitation arrangement that serves your children’s best interests and protects your most valued relationships.

DUI Defense

DUI- Preparation is the key to a successful drunk driving defense, and at Brackin, McGriff, & Johnson, we put forth our greatest effort to make sure we are prepared to provide you the best possible defense for your DUI case.

Probate Law

Estate Planning- We tailor our services to help our clients protect, preserve and pass down what they’ve worked so hard to build.

Juvenile Law

Juvenile- We at Brackin, McGriff, & Johnson want to provide the best possible defense for your child in their time of need.

Personal Injury

Personal injury- Our attorneys and staff take great pride in helping injured people not only recover from their injuries, but also recover their lives. If you have suffered a personal injury, if you are disabled and cannot work, or if a family member had died in an accident because of negligence, we want to hear your story.

Real Estate

Real Estate- Our attorneys have broad capabilities in real estate development, leasing, and financing. We are also ready to provide help over a wide range of real estate issues such as landlord/tenant disputes, borrower/lender disputes, boundary line disputes, just to name a few.

Estate Planning

Wills, Power of Attorney, and Advanced Health Care Directives- We are ready to provide you the services you need in creating a will that will protect your family’s future interests.

Criminal Defense

Criminal Law – Brackin, McGriff, and Johnson are also well prepared to meet any and all of your needs regarding pending criminal cases.

Baldwin County Attorney

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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 12:09

J. Byron Brackin, III

Byron Brackin - Brackin McGriff JohnsonByron Brackin was born and raised in Baldwin County, Alabama, graduating from Bayside Academy in 1999.

Byron attended Birmingham Southern College, graduating in 2003. Thereafter, Byron attended the Mississippi College School of Law, and graduated with a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2006.  Upon graduation, Byron joined the firm of Brackin, McGriff and Johnson, P.C.


Byron practices extensively in the areas of:

Business Organizations Drug Charge Defense
Child Support DUI Defense
Civil Litigation Juvenile Defense
Condominium Law Personal Injury
Criminal Defense Probate Law & Estates
Divorce Proceedings Real Estate Law


Tuesday, 05 July 2011 12:07

Kelly A. McGriff

Kelly McGriff - Brackin McGriff Johnson

Kelly McGriff was raised in Baldwin County, Alabama, and graduated from Fairhope High School in 1986. Upon graduation from high school, Kelly attended the University of Alabama, obtaining his undergraduate degree in 1990. He thereafter attended the University of Alabama School of Law obtaining his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1993.

After law school, Kelly was employed with the Baldwin County District Attorney's Office. In 1994, Kelly and Buddy formed Brackin and McGriff, P.C., which later became Brackin, McGriff and Johnson, P.C.

Kelly's practice is developed along two, distinct tracks.

He practices in the areas of civil litigation, probate practice, trusts, wills, business law, guardianships, estates, real property, estate planning, family law, as well as working as a civil and domestic mediator. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants.

Further, Kelly has spent more than ten years working in virtually every aspect of communications law and related fields, including regulatory, transactional, litigation, legislative and land use in both the private and public sectors, including Internet services and technologies; conventional and emerging wireless services; telecommunications equipment development; and other high-technology applications.

Kelly is a past President of the Baldwin County Bar Association, Fairhope Sunset Rotary Club, and former counsel of the Baldwin County Republican Party. He serves on the Baldwin County Bar Association's Standing Committee on Domestic Relations Practice.

Kelly is an adjunct professor at Faulkner State Junior College, and the Associate Municipal Judge for Orange Beach, Alabama.

Tuesday, 05 July 2011 12:06

Julian B. "Buddy" Brackin

Buddy Brackin - Brackin McGriff JohnsonBuddy Brackin was born and raised in Marengo County, Alabama and graduated from Thomaston High School in 1968. Upon graduation from high school, Buddy attended Marion Military Institute for one year and graduated from Troy University in 1972.

He thereafter attended the University of Alabama School of Law obtaining his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1976 as well as his Masters Degree in Public Administration. After law school, Buddy was employed with the State of Alabama Attorney General’s Office in Montgomery, Alabama. In 1977, Buddy relocated to Baldwin County, Alabama. In 1986, Buddy formed Julian B. Brackin, P.C. which later became Brackin, McGriff and Johnson, P.C.

Buddy practices extensively in the areas of Criminal Defense, DUI, Condominium Law, Civil Litigation, Real Estate, Banking Law, Business Organizations, Divorce, Juvenile, Child Support, Personal Injury, and Estate matters.

Buddy is a past President of the Baldwin County Bar Association and currently serves as a member of the Baldwin County Judicial Selection Committee as the representative of the Baldwin County Bar Association. Buddy also serves on the Standing Committee on Practice and Procedureand and is registered on the Alabama State Court Mediator Roster.

Buddy has been the Municipal Judge of the Cities of Robertsdale, Alabama and Orange Beach, Alabama since 1980 and 1994, respectively. He was a founding Director of Vision Bank and currently serves as a director of Capstone Bancshares, Inc.

At the law office of Brackin and Johnson, we represent clients throughout the Gulf Coast region of Alabama, including those in Robertsdale, Foley, Daphne, Spanish Fort, Mobile, Summerdale, Bay Minette,

No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

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