Montgomery Divorce Lawyers
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Our Montgomery divorce lawyers are currently charging $320 in attorneys fees for uncontested divorces without minor children and $420 in cases with minor children of the marriage in Montgomery County and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today to speak with one of our family law attorneys in person or over the phone.
Our Montgomery Divorce Attorneys
Going through a divorce can be a lengthy, bitter, and exhausting process. Many spouses worry about having their life put on hold while they wait for a court date, while also paying their divorce lawyers thousands of dollars in retainer fees. Filing for divorce, and in the meantime having to deal with the ongoing battle between both spouses and their attorneys, can be extremely cumbersome to handle, many times not being worth the energy and money involved. If an agreement can be reached in the beginning, it could save a lot of hassle, time, and money.
When you file your divorce it is important to retain a local attorney that practices regularly in that particular jurisdiction, even in the case of simple uncontested divorces. This is because each county, and in particular Montgomery County, has unique local requirements that only a Montgomery divorce lawyer will be aware of. For example, in Montgomery County if you have minor children of the marriage then completion of a parenting course is required. This means that you and your spouse will have to attend and complete a parenting course in order to receive your divorce decree.
There are certain circumstances where you may be able to take the course where you live instead of locally in Montgomery, but you will most likely be required to complete a course no matter where you are residing. There are also certain document requirements that are particular to this county, and our attorneys are familiar with this and will ensure that all such local rules are followed. In some cases, when a national document preparation company is retained to type up your documents they are not familiar with such local rules and this can cause your paperwork to be incomplete, resulting in a dismissal of your divorce. However, our Montgomery divorce lawyers know these rules and will work with you to ensure that they are followed, and that you receive your divorce decree as quickly as possible.
Divorces in Montgomery County
There are usually two ways to file for divorce in Central Alabama, uncontested and contested. You can file a simple uncontested divorce if you and your spouse have reached an agreement as to all of your marital issues. If such an agreement has not been reached, and does not seem possible, then a contested divorce will need to be filed. Our Montgomery divorce lawyers can help you with this, but the attorneys fees are much more than in an uncontested divorce. To begin the contested divorce process, we will file a document called a Complaint for you and have your spouse served with this filing. Once he or she is served, then they will have a certain number of days to file an appropriate response. If they do, then a hearing will be set and we will speak with the spouse’s attorney to determine whether an agreement can be reached. If an agreement is still not possible, then a trial before the judge will usually be necessary. If the spouse does not get an attorney and file an Answer, then you may be able to obtain a default divorce and get your divorce decree without having to go to Court. When you call our office, one of our Montgomery divorce lawyers will talk to you and can usually answer all of your questions over the phone the same day. If you are considering an uncontested divorce, a phone consultation may be all that is necessary. However, if you are filing a contested divorce we will be happy to meet you in our Montgomery office
In each county, there is a filing fee that must be paid to the Court when the divorce is filed. How much this filing fee is depends on where you file, with the filing fee in Montgomery County being a little over $200 (which includes a small convenience fee for filing your divorce electronically). This filing fee must be paid before we will file your divorce for you. This filing fee is usually the same, whether you are filing an uncontested or contested divorce. However, this fee is not included in the attorney fees since it is charged by the Court and not by our law firm.
If you reside in Montgomery, Pike Road,Hope Hull, or Mount Meigs, then we will most likely be filing your divorce for you in the Family Court of Montgomery County. Montgomery is the capital city of Alabama and the county seat of Montgomery County, with the county courthouse being located in downtown Montgomery at 100 S. Lawrence St., Montgomery, AL 36104. If you live in the surrounding areas of Prattville, Selma, Wetumpka, Auburn, or Dothan then you will likely be filing your divorce in the Elmore County, Autauga County, Dallas County, Lee County, or Houston County Courts.
Our local divorce attorney regularly files divorces in all of these courts. He is a member of the local Montgomery Bar Association, the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, and the Central Alabama Better Business Bureau. No matter what type of divorce you are seeking, we can usually quote you a flat fee instead of the traditional hourly based billing that most law firms use. If you have any questions about filing for divorce in Central Alabama, then give our Montgomery divorce attorneys a call today for a consultation in person or over the phone.