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For many years Hankey Law Firm has been a trusted Cullman County family law attorney, helping residents through challenging, life-changing family law matters.

Family issues take a toll on a person’s health and well-being.

We’re here to help.

Our attorneys can help you navigate the complexity of family law cases. You may be going through an amicable divorce or what should be a straightforward adoption, but it’s rarely as simple as it seems.

Contentious issues can – and often do – arise.

At Hankey Law Firm, we’re here to provide:

  • Legal guidance through family law matters that you’re going through
  • Compassion about your current situation and what you’re experiencing
  • Honest, insightful legal counsel

Your legal matters are our top priority. We’ll work closely with you to better understand the situation and guide you every step of the way.

Contact us to discuss your unique situation with one of our attorneys.

Hankey Law Family Law Services

Our firm is built on the premise that every legal matter is different. Your case is unique, and you need an attorney who can navigate the law in your favor. We’re here to assist you with:


No one goes into a marriage hoping for a divorce. People grow apart, and while it’s easy to get married, divorce is not as simple. You’ve built a life with someone else whom you may still care about, but you have differences that you cannot come to an agreement on.

Incompatibility is the most common ground for divorce in Alabama.

While Alabama is a “no-fault” divorce state, you can still end up in a court battle with your ex. Normal divorce proceedings hit roadblocks when:

Our team also has experience with:

Short marriages often include fewer assets. You’ve spent less time together and have fewer assets to divide. Gray and high-asset divorces are different. Gray divorcees often have children who are adults, so you don’t have to go through child support or custody issues.

Instead, you may need to worry about:

High-asset divorces will include all of these complex issues on top of businesses, shares in businesses, investments, multiple forms of real estate, hidden assets, and valuations.

Division of Property and Assets

Alabama’s property division laws are flexible, and it’s in your best interest to agree on property division without going to court. If you do have to go to court, equitable distribution laws will be followed.

What does this mean?

If you can’t agree on the division of assets, the court will divide your property to make it “equitable.” We’ll work to value assets, learn where you can and can’t compromise, and hash out an agreement that is fair for all parties.


Alimony, or spousal support, may be granted. If you earn significantly less than your spouse, the court may grant:

  • Interim alimony: AL Code § 30-2-56 (2022) allows for temporary alimony, which will last while the case is ongoing and ends once it’s over.
  • Periodic alimony: A form of alimony that doesn’t last longer than the length of the marriage.
  • Rehabilitative alimony: A limited form of alimony designed to allow one spouse time to get the training and education necessary to support themselves. This form of alimony lasts up to 5 years.

Child Custody and Support

Alabama, like most states, sees the benefit of both parents remaining in a child’s life. We’ll fight for joint custody or prove to the court that the opposing spouse being in the child’s life is against their best interests.

Agreeing on custody and support is the ideal situation, allowing both parents to eliminate unnecessary stress and resentment. As your Cullman County family law attorney, we’ll work on an agreement that works for both parents.


Paternity is far more complex than most parents assume. Alabama has six main types of presumptions of paternity, and each case can be extremely complex. As your attorney, we’ll assist you in establishing paternity facts, genetic testing, and protecting your rights as a parent.


Expanding your family through adoption can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. However, the adoption process can be complicated. Our attorneys are here to support you and guide you through the process. We’ll help you understand and meet the requirements for adopting a child in Alabama.

What Questions Should You Ask Your Family Law Attorney?

Your Cullman County family law attorney is your advocate and guide. Their job is to help you navigate the complex world of family law and understand your rights. Your attorney will fight on your behalf, but they are also there to answer your questions.

It’s crucial to understand what you’re up against, the potential challenges you may face and, most importantly, how the law affects your case. But it’s also important to know that you’re working with an attorney you can trust.

Here are some of the most important questions to ask your family law attorney:

  • Do you have experience handling cases similar to mine?
  • Will someone else be handling my case?
  • What will be the best course of action for me?
  • What is the best way to get in touch with you?
  • How long do you expect the process to take?
  • What are my rights?

You may also have questions specifically relating to your family law matter. Make sure that you ask these questions and understand how the process will work with your attorney.

How Can You Find a Good Family Law Attorney?

When it comes to family law matters, finding the right attorney is crucial. You need an experienced legal professional who understands your needs and can help you achieve a favorable outcome in your case.

Here are some things to consider when choosing a family law attorney:

  • Area of Focus. Do they focus on family law? Specifically, have they handled cases similar to yours? You need an attorney who understands the complexities and nuances of family law.
  • Resources. Does the firm have the availability and resources to handle your case? It is crucial that your case will get the time and attention it deserves.
  • Communication. How will they communicate with you and how often? It’s important to understand how and when your attorney will be available for updates and to answer questions.
  • Relationships. Is the attorney interested in getting to know you and your situation? Firms that focus on building client relationships can often achieve better outcomes because they understand their client’s needs and goals.

At Hankey Law Firm, we understand that your family law matters are pressing. We’ll take the time to get to know you and understand your situation so that we can determine which course to take in your case.

Hiring A Cullman County Family Law Attorney Near You

Family law matters have a profound effect on your life. Whether you’re going through a divorce, facing a difficult child custody battle or want to adopt a child, the outcome of your case can be life-changing.

Having an experienced family law attorney on your side can make all the difference.

Hankey Law Firm has been serving clients in Cullman County for more than two decades. We understand that family is the heart of life. When family relationship issues arise, you need the help of an attorney who understands your situation and the best course of action to take to resolve the issue. That’s where we come in.

Call our office today or contact us online to discuss your case and schedule a consultation.