Brackin & Johnson Law Firm

150 West Section Avenue

Foley, Al 36535


455 Magnolia Avenue

Fairhpe, AL 36532

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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Monday, 14 November 2011 01:09

Domestic Relations Order

Baldwin County QDRO Preparation Attorneys

Retirement benefits may be the largest asset in the marital estate, and may even surpass the marital residence in value and importance to our clients. The issue of dividing retirement assets in divorce is complex and confusing. The pension landscape is a constantly changing one, making pension issues in divorce a constantly moving target -- even for the most seasoned attorney.  

What is a Domestic Relations Order?

A domestic relations order is a judgment, decree, or order (including the approval of a property settlement) that is made pursuant to state domestic relations law (including community property law) and that relates to the provision of child support, alimony payments, or marital property rights for the benefit of a spouse, former spouse, child, or other dependent of a participant. 

A state authority, generally a court, must actually issue a judgment, order, or decree or otherwise formally approve a property settlement agreement before it can be a domestic relations order under ERISA. The mere fact that a property settlement is agreed to and signed by the parties will not, in and of itself, cause the agreement to be a domestic relations order. 

There is no requirement that both parties to a marital proceeding sign or otherwise endorse or approve an order. It is also not necessary that the retirement plan be brought into state court or made a party to a domestic relations proceeding for an order issued in that proceeding to be a domestic relations order or a qualified domestic relations order. Indeed, because state law is generally preempted to the extent that it relates to retirement plans, the Department takes the position that retirement plans cannot be joined as a party in a domestic relations proceeding pursuant to state law. Moreover, retirement plans are neither permitted nor required to follow the terms of domestic relations orders purporting to assign retirement benefits unless they are QDROs. 

What is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order?

A "qualified domestic relation order" (QDRO) is a domestic relations order that creates or recognizes the existence of an alternate payee's right to receive, or assigns to an alternate payee the right to receive, all or a portion of the benefits payable with respect to a participant under a retirement plan, and that includes certain information and meets certain other requirements.  

The attorneys at Brackin, McGriff & Johnson can assist you in the preparation, review and interpretation of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders.

Qualified Domestic Relations Orders Attorney

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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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