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Legal issues surrounding your marriage and family can often be the most stressful type of legal issues. Not only are you facing significant time and money expenses as well as the stress of having to deal with the court when working through these issues, they are centered on the most intimate areas of your life. This is why you need an Fort Payne divorce attorney who is not only experienced and driven to succeed, but compassionate and sensitive to your needs.

Experienced Fort Payne, Family Law Lawyer


The decisions you make during a divorce will have an effect on the next phase of your life – life after divorce. Sam and Dani will help you make those decisions calmly and thoughtfully.


WHICH LAWYER SHOULD YOU HIRE to do your contested divorce in DEKALB county or FORT PAYNE, al?

First, look for attorney's qualifications.  The National Trial Lawyers Associations selected Dani Bone as a Top 100 Lawyer in the Country for 2018.   The National Trial Lawyers Associations selected Sam Bone as a Top 40 Lawyer Under 40 for 2015.  
Next, look at our reviews online for our services and compare them to other attorneys in the area to decide whether we should be your lawyer. 

Our FORT PAYNE Divorce & Family Law Attorneys Can Help

Our clients typically pursue contested divorce in Fort Payne only when they cannot obtain fair settlement through alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation or an uncontested divorce. In some cases, an imbalance of power exists within a marriage that can extend to a courtroom trial, adding extensive stress to the process. We have the compassion and experience to help our clients work through the emotional issues and maintain an objective viewpoint. By enhancing the ability of clients to testify and contribute to the courtroom process, we help ensure a successful outcome for their cases.

Dani and Sam's experience includes high-asset divorces with complex financial issues, which has earned her a reputation in both Fort Payne and throughout the State of Alabama. She is also experienced and knowledgeable in Alabama Divorce Law. Call 256-547-1005 or contact us by email for an appointment.


Preparation is key to success for Fort Payne contested divorce attorneys

Divorce court judges must rely on evidence to make decisions on vital issues, such as child custody, distribution of property and spousal support.  Fort Payne contested divorce attorneys must prepare these cases using the same attention to detail necessary for any type of courtroom trial. Necessary actions include the following:

  • Developing evidence of historical issues within the marriage and relative to the children

  • Preparing a thorough accounting of financial issues, including past earnings of both spouses and debt details and even accounting for family-owned businesses

  • Producing accurate inventories of marital assets — and those items owned solely by their clients

  • Identifying health and other issues of spouses and children that can affect the monetary value of support and other matters

Orlando contested divorce attorneys Sam Bone & Dani Bone work closely with clients to develop effective evidence for their cases.


Working to secure your child’s best interests

Dani Bone & Sam Bone assist clients in Fort Payne, Alabama with complex family law matters, including child custody, support, paternity and relocation. When parents decide to divorce or separate, issues involving their children can be some of the most difficult and emotional decisions that they face. Through compassionate, yet assertive representation in mediation and trial, Fort Payne child custody attorneys Sam Bone & Dani Bone help clients obtain custody and support arrangements that benefit both parents and children.

Fort Payne child custody attorneys representing clients in Dekalb County, Alabama

A Child Needs Both Parents

Except for cases where one or both parents pose a direct threat to the child’s health or safety, it is in the child’s best interest to have a consistent, substantial relationship with both of his or her parents. The courts keep this in mind when determining shared parenting agreements.

There are circumstances that can make the court decide that a child would be better off with limited contact with one of his or her parents. The court, depending on the circumstance, could also potentially place limitations on the time that the parent and child spend together, such as requiring another adult to be present or requiring that the visits do not occur at the parent’s home. This can be because of the parent’s violent or criminal history, his or her substance addiction, or the presence of an addicted, violent, or criminal individual in the parent’s household. If you feel the restrictions placed on your parenting time agreement are unfair, work with an experienced family attorney to petition to the court to have your order modified. Conversely, if you feel that your child’s other parent could potentially pose a danger to your child during their time together, you need to petition to the court to have the issue investigated and a new parenting time agreement determined. This responsibility is known as the burden of proof, which means that it is the parent seeking the modification’s responsibility to prove that his or her allegations are true.


Call a Fort Payne Divorce Lawyer

Contested divorces are often highly contentious and should only be undertaken with the assistance of a competent divorce attorney. If you are going through a contested divorce in Alabama or the Fort Payne area, contact the divorce litigators Dani V. Bone & Sam D. Bone at to discuss your case at (256) 547-1005