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Vella & King

Traci Owen Vella and Rachel A. King understand that the practice of family law is more than just litigation and preparing documents.  It is about guiding clients through the stressful processes of divorce, adoption and other legal issues facing families.  It is about negotiating on behalf of clients and navigating to ward beneficial outcomes.

With more than twenty five years of combined experience as family law attorneys, Vella and King bring both depth and breadth of experience and success to the table.  Their innovative approach includes the use of tried-and-true methods in combination with creative ideas for resolution.Their dedication to clients is evident in the ways they lead clients through the maze of uncertainty that typically surrounds family law issues.  They have handled a wide variety of complex cases involving a multitude of challenging and contentious situations, including many that involve sensitive and confidential issues.

In their roles as divorce attorneys, Vella and King have handled cases involving an array of differing situations.These experiences have prepared them to help clients fully understand their options, rights and responsibilities regardless of the complexity of the surrounding circumstances. Duringthe pre-divorce process, Vella and King address questions related to legal separation, identification of marital assets, temporary alimony and visitation arrangements as well extreme concerns such as the need for a restraining orderor petition for protection from abuse.Representing the client’s interest is always the primary focus. This may include working toward an out-of-court settlement or, when necessary, litigating the issues in court.Their exceptional interpersonal skills allow Vella and King to effectively deal with these emotionally volatile situations.

During a divorce, the most pressing concernsare often related to children and financial assets. Vella and King excel in addressing child custody and child support issues and problems related to alimony and division of assets. Their special attention to these areas ensures that children are protectedand assets are divided fairly and according to Alabama law.

Vella and King’s passion for helping people does not end with the divorce decree. They provide ongoing support and advice so that clients are able to moveeffectually beyond the sense of loss and change. Post-divorce assistance may be related to unpaid alimony or child support, modification of alimony or child support, enforcement of property division orders, changes to visitation and/or custody arrangements, or other issues related to enforcement of court orders.

Vella and King also bring their passion for the law to their work as adoption attorneys. They assist prospective adoptive parents with the complicated and onerous paperwork and documentation related to an adoption filing, and to the puzzling and demanding home studies. Vella and King know how to move effectively and efficiently through the intensive and time consuming adoption process. Known for their work with private and DHR/agency adoptions, Vella and King stand out as advocates for people seeking to adopt within Alabama or other states.

In addition to their work as divorce attorneys and adoption lawyers, Vella and King also handle other family and matrimonial issuessuch as paternity, prenuptial and postnuptialagreements, common law marriage, LGBT’s, cohabitation agreements IEP’s (Individualized Education Plans) and ISP’s (Individualized Safety Plans).

Highly skilled and broadly experienced, Vella and King work on their clients’ behalf to create the most beneficial outcomes possible. They tenaciously pursue solutions that will move clients from crisis to closure, from chaos to resolution. Nationally, regionally and locally recognized by their industry and peers, Vella and King are able to handle all matters related to divorce, adoption and other family law issues.