Divorce Lawyers in Anniston
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Our Anniston divorce lawyers are currently charging $320 in attorney fees for uncontested divorces without minor children and $420 for uncontested divorces with minor children of the marriage.
Anniston Divorce Lawyers
If you live in the surrounding areas of Anniston or Oxford, then your divorce will most likely be filed in the Circuit Court of Calhoun County. There are typically two ways that you can file for divorce, contested or uncontested. If you and your spouse have reached an agreement, and that agreement is signed by both of you and filed at the time the divorce is filed, then that is sometimes called an uncontested or a no fault divorce. This is because there are no contested issues, since all marital issues have been resolved by agreement before the divorce is filed. Any other way that you file for divorce is considered a contested divorce, since at the time the divorce is filed no agreement has been reached and there are contested issues to be resolved. Our divorce lawyers in Anniston regularly handle matters in the Calhoun County Courts and the surrounding areas of Gadsden, Talladega, Sylacauga, Jacksonville, Oxford, and Pell City. We not only file divorces in Calhoun County, but throughout the State of Alabama, including the Etowah County and Talladega County Courts.
If an uncontested divorce is not possible, then you may need to file for divorce without an agreement being reached. In such cases, you will file your Complaint for divorce and have the other spouse served the paperwork. In this document you are asking the court to award you whatever it is that you want. Once your spouse is served, they have thirty days to respond by filing a document called an Answer. In this Answer, the spouse is denying the claims in the Complaint and responding with a request for whatever it is that they want. At this point, both sides either negotiate and reach an agreement or there will be a trial for the judge to determine these contested issues for the parties. If you do not have any significant property in the marriage and all issues related to the children have been agreed upon already, then you may be able to avoid such complexities by filing for an uncontested divorce. Give our Anniston divorce attorneys a call today for a consultation.
Cheap Divorce in Anniston
Going through a divorce can be extremely difficult emotionally with both parties having to undergo life changing transitions. Often, both spouses do not want to have to intensify this already difficult process by fighting or arguing over their marital issues. In order to simplify the process, both parties will usually attempt to reach an agreement concerning all these issues before retaining an attorney, in order to potentially file a cheaper uncontested divorce and lower the attorney fees involved. If you are seeking a cheap divorce in Anniston then call our office today for more information.
In a non-contested divorce the process can be pretty simple. For starters, you will usually not have to go to court since you and your spouse have already reached an agreement. However, every county is different and in Etowah County they have a unique procedure in uncontested divorces requiring the Plaintiff to go before the court and give actual testimony in front of the judge in your case. This is unusual and is not required in most other counties across Alabama. An uncontested divorce is the quickest and easiest way to get a divorce in Alabama. However, it requires that you have already talked with each other and that both of you have reached an agreement. This means that you have already agreed on such things as how much child support is to be paid, physical and legal custody, visitation, property division, and all other marital issues. If you have not reached an agreement, then you cannot file a no fault or uncontested divorce. If you and your spouse are seeking a simple and cheap divorce in Anniston, then give us a call today for a free consultation.
Most counties have their own unique local requirements in order to obtain a no fault divorce, such as having certain language included in your Settlement Agreement or other documents. In certain divorce cases, additional documents can be required depending on the terms that have been reached in your agreement. That is why it is important to retain a local divorce lawyer to file your uncontested divorce, to ensure that all local requirements are met and that you obtain your divorce decree as quickly and easily as possible.
There are a few procedural requirements that are unique to Calhoun County Courts, but our Anniston divorce lawyers regularly file cases in this jurisdiction and are familiar with these local rules. In Calhoun County, you are required to take a parenting course and receive a certificate of completion in order to obtain your divorce decree. This is not a requirement in every county in Alabama, with there being no such requirement in Talladega County. This parenting course may be waived in extraordinary circumstances, or you may be able to take it locally if you live in another state. But if you live in Calhoun County, and do not have a sufficient reason to be exempted from this requirement, then you will have to do the course in order to receive your decree. There is also a filing fee that is required to be paid to the court when your divorce is filed, and in Calhoun County it is about $258 (which includes a small convenience fee for filing electronically). This fee must be paid prior to your divorce being filed and is not included in the flat fee price listed on this site in uncontested divorces.
Our divorce lawyer Steven Harris, regularly handles divorce cases in the Anniston, Talladega, Oxford, Sylacauga, and Pell City areas. The Harris Firm is a proud member of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce and the North and Central Alabama Better Business Bureau. Feel free to take a look at our profiles with these local organizations for reviews from former clients. If you are in Eastern Alabama, then give our Anniston divorce attorneys a call for a consultation over the phone today or to set up a meeting in our office.
Our Anniston and Calhoun County Office
The City of Anniston is the seat of Calhoun County with the courthouse being located downtown at 25 West 11th Street. Our Anniston office is only a few blocks from the courthouse, located on Noble Street in the historic Lyric Square building. In the case of a cheap uncontested divorce, you do not usually have to come into the office and meet in person. This is because such cases are fairly simple, and an over the phone discussion or two can usually answer any questions or concerns that you may have. However, if you and your spouse have not reached an agreement and are seeking a contested divorce, then an in person consultation will be necessary. If you have questions about an uncontested or contested family law matter, then give our attorneys a call for a consultation.