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Alabama Divorce and Family Law Lawyer

Alabama Divorce Attorney Representing Clients Throughout the State

The Gossman Law Firm, LLC, is an Alabama law firm that handles all types of divorce and family law issues, including contested and uncontested divorces, custody, child support, visitation, alimony, spousal maintenance, asset allocation and property division, domestic violence, restraining orders, modifications, Rule Nisi and contempt cases, etc.

Many divorces begin with emergency situations. Pendente Lite Hearings are often held to establish temporary orders addressing custody, child support, possession of the marital home, temporary spousal support or alimony, obligations for payments of mortgages and rent, utility bills, automobile loans, etc.

Family law cases are emotionally and mentally draining. They require major legal decisions to be made which may permanently affect you and/or your family as you go forward. In addition to this, court battles often create a financial crisis for an already stressed budget. The Gossman Law Firm is involved in every step of your case, helping to educate and inform you as to what your options are, and fighting for the goals that you set. Your lawyer will guide you through the legal process in a caring but professional manner, and will explain each step of the proceedings as they are encountered.

Attorney Richelle Gossman starts by meeting with you and discussing your case. She can get an overview of what your current situation is, assess your immediate and long-term needs, and help you to explore what your options are as you proceed. She can explain the legal process and the proceedings that will be involved, and help you to get a realistic understanding of what to expect as you move forward.

We make every effort to resolve your case through mediation and settlement conferences, whenever possible. However, when this is not an option, we prepare your case for trial, and help make sure that you are ready for the trial process. Your lawyer will be with you during the entire process. She will help prepare you before the trial so that you will know what types of questions may be asked, and how to present your testimony in a Courtroom. Attorney Richelle Gossman is an experienced trial lawyer, and represents clients throughout the State of Alabama.

We represent clients in every type of family matter, including:

  • Contested and Uncontested Divorces
  • Paternity, Custody, Child Support, and Visitation
  • Father’s Rights
  • Settlement and Mediation Conferences
  • Alimony and Spousal Support
  • Property and Asset Allocation
  • Modifications
  • Contempt and Rule Nisi
  • Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders (PFA’s)
  • Legal Separations

Divorce and custody cases involves difficult and complex laws. Attorney Richelle H. Gossman is a highly skilled trial lawyer, representing clients throughout the State of Alabama in Circuit, District, and Municipal Courts.

Modification of Final Divorce and Custody Orders

After a case is closed, a party will frequently need a modification of the Final Order. Custody and child support can be modified until a child becomes an adult when there is a material change of circumstances. A party may be in contempt of the original Order, or there can be such a change of circumstances that custody and/or child support may need to be modified. Parties can have a change of income, or children’s expenses can change. Many changes will create a need for a Modification of the original order. Attorney Richelle H. Gossman prepares and files each pleading for your case, prepares your case for trial, and represents you in each step of the proceedings that are involved.

Having an attorney is just as critical during a modification or contempt case as it was during the original case. Custody, child support, and visitation can be modified or changed until a child reaches adulthood.

A short list of the many possible post-divorce and custody concerns includes the following:

  • Modification of Court Orders
  • Modified Custody and Visitation
  • Modified Child Support
  • Domestic Violence or Harmful Behavior of a Parent or Partner
  • Relocation of a child or change of schools
  • Material Changes in Parents’ Circumstances
  • Contempt and Rule Nisi Proceedings

The Gossman Law Firm is prepared to fight to protect your rights and interests in post divorce and custody issues. Attorney Richelle H. Gossman will make every effort to achieve your goals and to defend your needs.

Restraining Orders and Petitions for Protection from Abuse (PFA’s)

A Restraining Order is a legal tool utilized to protect victims of domestic violence or criminal abuse. A victim of domestic violence may petition the Court for an Order of Protection where the victim alleges acts by a spouse or the other parent. Such orders are frequently issued on a temporary basis, without the Defendant being aware of a court proceeding or any notice to that party. Such orders are meant to be temporary, until all parties can come before a court at a new hearing. The temporary order legally orders the accused person to stay away from the alleged victim, and to refrain from all communications of any type until a further Order is issued. In addition, the Court can suspend all visitation and communication with children, order temporary support, and order the Defendant to surrender all firearms.

Once the Defendant is served with the Restraining Order, both parties are notified to appear in Court at a new hearing. Each party may present evidence and testimony and the matter may then be set for a trial.

If you have further questions regarding a restraining order (PFA), call the Gossman Law Firm and set up a consultation with a divorce attorney in the Birmingham area.

Child Support

Whether in conjunction with a divorce or a custody case, changes in employment and work situations impact child support, contempt issues, and modifications. The Gossman Law Firm is focused on achieving the best solutions for you and your children, and is experienced in all aspects of child support proceedings and calculations.

Spousal Support

Alimony or spousal support may need to be established at the beginning of a divorce case. Possession of the marital home, and regular and timely payments of the mortgage, utility bills, and the payment of marital debts can be temporarily ordered to protect a spouse until a final Order is issued. The Gossman Law Firm represents clients during pendente lite hearings and trials, and will help you determine what is a reasonable expectation in a final outcome.

Paternity Actions

Our law firm represents mothers and fathers during the establishment of paternity, custody, child support, and custodial/visitation periods. Attorney Richelle H. Gossman is an advocate for preserving parental rights, and representing parents’ interests during all paternity and custody cases.

Premarital Agreements

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements help parties to ensure that they can finalize an agreement to provide for their family with a peace of mind and with final stability should the marriage later be dissolved. Many parties sign an Agreement at the beginning of a marriage or during it, so that each person is protected if the marriage is later dissolved in a divorce.

Mediation and Settlement Conferences

Mediation and settlement conferences are often a highly beneficial approach to resolving divorces. Richelle H. Gossman is highly experienced in mediation and settlement conferences, and will attend all meetings with you. She will explain and review the terms of the settlement agreement, and be able to advise you of the legal implications of the agreement. Settlement Agreements can prevent a difficult trial, and can lead to the speedy and final resolution of a divorce case.


The Gossman Law Firm is ready to help! Please call our office today at (205) 422-0704 or contact us from our contact form on our website to set up an appointment with a divorce attorney in the Birmingham area.

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Birmingham Office

1980 Braddock Drive
Birmingham, AL 35226

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Attorney Gossman exemplifies the meaning of compassion. That along with her keen expertise in the courtroom is why I would call Ms. Gossman when I am in need of a family attorney! N.
Richelle is a awesome person. My family and I absolutely love her. We have used her for many years. She is always available and is always giving us updates about our case. We recommend her a 100 %. She is amazing and she always looking out for the best interest for her clients. A.
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