Highlights from Current Issue

• Court of Civil Appeals reverses trial court’s calculation of child support, holding that court failed to consider the wife’s trust income as part of her gross income and failed
to consider the husband’s income expense reimbursements from his business.

• Court of Civil Appeals clarifies that under new Alabama Juvenile Justice Act, juvenile courts no longer have exclusive original jurisdiction to consider paternity actions.

• Court of Civil Appeals grants mandamus relief and holds that in case seeking pendente lite relief, petitioner must still comply with requirements for injunctive relief contained.


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Alabama lawmakers again try to tighten campaign finance law

The Alabama Legislature has again tried to tighten up the state's campaign finance law, following up on earlier efforts that haven't worked as planned. The Fair Campaign Practices Act, on the books since 1988, has been criticized for lacking teeth and a designated authority for enforcement.


Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard to claim parts of ethics law unconstitutional

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard plans to claim that parts of the state ethics law are unconstitutional, according to a request filed in court by his lawyers on Monday. Hubbard asked the court for an extension of a 14-day time limit for raising new issues in his case. The deadline is Friday.


VictoryLand dispute to be argued in Alabama courtroom next month

The judge who dismissed the state's petition for forfeiture against VictoryLand casino has scheduled an Aug. 4 hearing in the dispute. Montgomery County Circuit Judge William A. Shashy scheduled the hearing for 2 p.m. in the Montgomery County Courthouse.


Alabama rest area gun ban ended by Gov. Robert Bentley

Gov. Robert Bentley today ordered the Alabama Department of Transportation to end its policy banning guns in highway rest stops. DOT spokesman Tony Harris said the agency is in the process of removing the signs and will have them removed by Saturday morning.


Adoption finalized for Mobile couple at the heart of Alabama's gay marriage debate

Nine years later, Khaya Searcy has two legal parents. On Friday, retired Baldwin County Circuit Court Judge James Reid granted the adoption for Cari Searcy in Mobile County Probate Court. His approval of the measure ended a winding and politically fraught legal battle for Searcy and her wife Kim McKeand, Khaya's biological mother.


Judge dismisses remaining tax charge against Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie

Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie and her husband John are officially in the clear. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Kristi K. DuBose dropped the remaining tax fraud charges against the Mobile County power couple.


Alabama tightens law restricting mentally ill from buying guns

A bill passed by the Alabama Legislature this year tightened the law intended to keep some people with mental illnesses from obtaining guns. House Bill 47, by Rep. Chris England, D-Tuscaloosa, will require probate judges to report to law enforcement every person involuntarily committed.



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