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Diane Stamler Oraif

Family Attorney at Tuscaloosa, AL

4.1   9 reviews

also known as Diane Oraif Law

  • Licensed for 14 years
    State AL
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Occupational License - Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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About Diane

Learn Diane’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    20%
    Child custody and visitation, child support. I love children, and know how much you love yours. I will help you with your parenting time, parenting plans, and special concerns you may have for your family--whether it be concerns as to education (I understand home schooling) or allegations of physical or mental child abuse.

    15 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    20%
    Contested and uncontested divorces, offering "Legal Representation With Heart." I truly care about others, and will listen with compassion to your circumstances, and give you the attention you need to the best of my ability.

    15 years

  3. Family
    20%
    Everyone will be treated with respect and compassion--whether it be victims of domestic violence and abuse, needs for adoption, for for childhood dependency, Grandparent visitation. Termination of parental rights.

    15 years

  4. Immigration
    20%

    15 years

  5. Criminal defense
    10%

  6. Domestic violence
    10%
    I have a deep compassion and understanding for those suffering from PTSD And trauma, and how it effects relationships. This is a result of my years working in Asylum/Refugee Law, including training on trauma through our organization.

    15 years

Contested and uncontested divorces, offering "Legal Representation With Heart." I truly care about others, and will listen with compassion to your circumstances, and give you the attention you need to the best of my ability.

 

I have a deep compassion and understanding for those suffering from PTSD And trauma, and how it effects relationships. This is a result of my years working in Asylum/Refugee Law, including training on trauma through our organization, AILA.  Everyone will be treated with respect and compassion, regardless of "what side of the fence" you are on. 

I will help you with your parenting time, parenting plans, and special concerns you may have for your family--whether it be concerns as to education (I understand home schooling) or allegations of physical or mental child abuse. 

 

My philosophy is not to escalate the issues to increase attorney fees. I like to help my clients take the shortest path to get to their destination.  I understand how complicated and expensive it can get with Guardian ad Litem, therapeutic mediators, psyscologists, and multiple other professionals that can make your divorce and/or child custoday case nothing but a big headache.  Sometimes this is necessary, but in other instances the better route is to try to have a professional relationship with the other attorney, which is possible while still never losing sight of the fact that my client's interests, if reasonable,  outweigh relationships with other attorneys. 

 

Every case I look at is screened for the potential for alimony (or palimony), even with current trends to do away with alimony or change the way it looks.

 

I am very understanding and realize we are not all rich, so I rely on the "Honor System" to set up a payment plan.

 

I am always open to alternative methods of contact with clients. I willingly communicate with Primate Messaging on Facebook, or even with text messages via cell phone, so that I can always be available to help you, especially when situations get stressful turning it into an emergency.  

 

I also have experience with children in Juvenile Court, seeking dependency for Special Immigrant Juvenile Practice. I can take these cases from beginning to end, helping a child achieve legal permanent residency, which is often a more viable alternative than trying to get this status through adoption. 

Location

DIANE ORAIF
714 Greensboro Avenue
Tuscaloosa, AL, 35401
Diane Oraif Law
3453 Sierra Drive
Hoover, AL, 35216
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Posted by Jonathan | December 19, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
SHERO!!!!
There's a lot more I could say about Attorney Oraif, but there's not enough room here. She is my SHERO! She took my divorce case at the last minute and finished it. The first set of lawyers failed me, and I lost faith in the justice system. Attorney Oraif came highly recommended, and she worked with me, opposing counsel, the judge, and the mediator, and although the outcome is "bittersweet," I am very pleased. I hope I never need her services again, but if I do, I know I'll get the final "resolve" for which I seek. Diane, you are a true "class act"!! Thank you so very much...... Jonathan R.
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Posted by Rose | November 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer I have EVER had!
Mrs. Oraif has been such an amazing lawyer! I have had many needs for lawyers with this case , divorce and child custody, being one of the most important cases and I had hired a local attny for this case. He was horrible and weeks before trial I had to fire him. I was referred to Diane from a family friend and the first time I spoke with her I knew she was meant to be my attny. I’ve never had someone fight for me like she has. She has gone far and beyond the call of duty , if I had a question at 11pm she answered and would talk me through it! I would refer her to anyone that needed an attorney! Thank you Diane!
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Posted by Vance | March 6, 2019
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Super Caring!
Mrs Diane Oraif was all about family and was super caring throughout the whole process. There were times I was frustrated and ready to give up after how bad my spouse did me, but she kept me engaged and looking at the end result, and trying to not stress over the process and time it took. Saying my divorce was a nightmare would be putting it mildly. The amount of time she spent with me at all hours of the day was amazing, and her explanations of the stuff I didn't understand was a god send. She helped me get to the finish line with everything I wanted out of the divorce. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Angela Richardson | August 10, 2018
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Mrs.
Diane Oraif is an excellent attorney, she is handling the adoption of our little girl, she has gone out of her way in my book to do the research and take the time to explain to me what I don't understand about adoption laws. She has done this in a very timely fashion. She is reachable to me by phone most anytime I calm or text, I find it easier for to contact her by email, either way her response time is awesome. I would recommend her to anyone for family law.. Thank you Diane
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Posted by Selena | December 10, 2015
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she the best lawyer u can use
Diane is a great lawyer I used her for a illegal separation. And she was out standing with everything!
Posted by Julia | December 10, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
An excellent attorney. I highly recommed her.
Ms. Oraif really knows what she's doing. I feel that if I had hired a different attorney, I would have lost my case. The research she did made all the difference, and she seems to really care about her clients. Representing her clients seems to be much more than just a job to her. She cares what happens to us, how a judge's decisions can affect her client's lives.
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Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2014
Excellent communication. Thank you!
Has always been professional, and gotten everything filed in a timely matter. If something could not be filed, or if there was a problem, this attorney was GREAT at communicating what the problem was. Some people who hire lawyers want to blame them if the case does not go their way, bit this lawyer will tell you the correct advice.
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Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2024
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Awful
Rude and uncaring woman. Please don't waste your time with her. Lies and lies. Everyone else is more important than you.
Posted by Amanda | October 9, 2014
worst lawyer EVER!!
This is by far the worst lawyer i have come across. She has VERY little experience. as you can see she has only been licensed for 5 years. Procrastinates soooo much and does not send in important documentation on a timely manner which caused my case to be denied because she said " the papers were laying on her desk and she forgot to send them." and said i would have to pay the fees AGAIN in order to open the case back up. very irresponsible and forgetful. I have worked with many lawyers in the past and have NEVER seen one as unknowlegable as Diane Oraif. Many times she had to call other lawyers to get advice on how to go about the case. By no means would i ever recommend this lawyer!!!! DONT WASTE YOUR TIME OR YOUR MONEY.
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Response from Diane Oraif October 25, 2022
The motive of this poster is highly suspicious. It is far too easy for a someone falsely posing as a client to write libelous information when they are actually a brother who is mad about my mother's will, or a competing attorney, or even an opposing party in a divorce case. First of all, five years is not "very little experience." Second, there has never been a client with whom I have forgotten to send in papers and missed a deadline. I have never told a client "I forgot to send in your papers." If that had been the case, I certainly would not have asked a client to pay a fee again and would have paid it myself if I had done such a thing. If a case is denied by a judge, I will work very hard to try to find alternate routes for relief from removal. If this is the situation, it is fair to ask the client for additional fees. It is not fair to blame a denial on the attorney who worked very hard on a case, but unfortunately it is done by clients. The person who claims to be a client would not have any way of knowing whether or not I called other lawyers about how to do a case, and I certainly would not do this in front of a client. Many clients procrastinate, which is surprising considering what they have to lose. I recently had a case denied where the client did not come up with the necessary documentation before the filing deadline, and the client tried to justify by saying that I did not send the document in time. Of course I cannot send a document that I do not have, and it will not be a failure on my part. With a slim chance that this truly is a real client, I would hope my clients would speak up and tell me if they have doubts that there case is being handled correctly. I will gladly try to communicate the status of their case, or explain to them what is going wrong or what documents are lacking. EDIT: THIS CASE WAS YEARS AGO, HOWEVER I DISCOVERED IT WAS WRITTEN BY THE OPPOSING PARTY TO GET REVENGE.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Diane Oraif Law
  • 2009 - Present

Education

  • Birmingham School of Law (Birmingham, AL)
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008

Associations

  • Alabama State Bar, Family Law Section
  • 2015 - Present
  • Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Reserve Search and Rescue Unit
  • Sheriff Reserve
  • 2014 - Present
  • Alabama Juvenile Practice Law Section
  • 2014 - Present
  • The FBI Birmingham Citizens Academy Alumni Association
  • FBI
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Georgia-Alabama chapter)
  • Member
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  • New Member Committee
  • Member
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  • Tuscaloosa County Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Federal Bar Association (Birmingham chapter)
  • Immigration issues with Federal Criminal Cases
  • 2014

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