Quick and Cheap Uncontested Divorces in Alabama
$320 Uncontested Divorces
There are generally two ways that couples can get a divorce in Alabama, either contested or uncontested. An uncontested divorce is generally the best way to get a quick and cheap divorce in Alabama. An uncontested divorce is sometimes called a no fault divorce, and is where both spouses reach an agreement and nothing in the divorce is contested or disputed.
Then a local divorce attorney is retained in order to file this Agreement, along with the other divorce documents, for your divorce decree to be signed by the Court. These documents are typically prepared by an Alabama uncontested divorce lawyer and both parties then sign the documents, which include a settlement agreement concerning all of their marital issues. Once the documents are signed and properly executed, then our uncontested divorce attorneys will file these no fault divorce documents with the appropriate court. The Court will typically not sign the divorce decree for at least 30 days, but in a quick and easy uncontested divorce both spouses will usually be receiving their Final Decree of Divorce in the mail about 6 to 12 weeks after filing.
There are typically no hearings or court dates as long as there are no contested issues and both parties have reached an agreement concerning the division of marital assets, custody, and other such matters. Some counties have a different process for obtaining a quick no fault divorce than others and each county can have their own unique document requirements. However, our lawyers file these types of Alabama uncontested divorces in almost every county in the state, and are familiar with the requirements necessary for you to receive a cheap and quick divorce no matter where you are filing. For example, in the Madison County Family Court a Transitions in Parenting course must be completed before you can receive your divorce decree if there are minor children of the marriage, but the Jefferson County Family Court does not have this requirement. This is why it is so important to retain a local uncontested divorce lawyer to file your case so that you are aware of all of the local rules of the particular jurisdiction you are filing in.
In contrast to an uncontested or no fault divorce, a contested divorce is when one spouse contacts a lawyer to file their divorce for them without an agreement having been reached. In response to this filing, the other spouse usually gets an attorney and responds by filing a document called an Answer. At this point both parties, through their respective divorce attorneys, will try to reach an agreement at various hearings that are set each month. Eventually, if no agreement can be reached, then both parties will go to trial (many months or well over a year later) and have a Judge decide such things for them as custody, visitation, and marital property division. The attorney fees in a contested divorce are much higher than an uncontested, and the process takes much longer since there are contested issues to be resolved.
Quick and Cheap Divorces
Uncontested divorces are much quicker and cheaper than filing a contested divorce since there are no contested issues to resolve and no court dates or hearings. It is mostly a matter of properly preparing, signing, and filing all of the paperwork required by the particular county that you are filing in. As long as the judge appointed to your case does not have any issues with your agreement then you will usually be able to receive a quick and cheap divorce without having to go to court or have any hearings.
Hearings are rare in uncontested divorces and mostly occur when certain terms in your agreement are not automatically approved by the judge, with a hearing scheduled for the judge to determine whether to approve your agreement or not. This can happen if certain terms of your agreement are unusual, might seem unfair to one of the spouses, or is not in the best interest of the minor children of the marriage. Remember, even though it is an uncontested divorce a judge still has to approve your agreement. The best way to ensure a cheap and quick divorce and receive your divorce decree as quickly as possible is to not have any unfair or questionable terms in your settlement agreement.
A typical situation where a hearing might be required is where an agreement has been reached that one party is not going to pay any child support to the other. Depending on the custody and visitation arrangement, not paying child support could be a cause for a judge to order a hearing due to it not being in the best interest of the child for no support to be paid. Other examples of hearings being necessary are if there are paternity issues involved with a minor child of the marriage or if the division of marital property is extremely one-sided and potentially unfair. However, in most situations an uncontested divorce is approved by the judge without any hearings and is still the quickest way to obtain a cheap divorce in the State of Alabama.
How Much Does a No Fault Divorce Cost?
Our uncontested divorce lawyers are currently charging $320 for attorney fees in simple no fault divorces in Alabama without minor children of the marriage and $420 for simple no fault divorces in Alabama with minor children of the marriage. For more information on the cost of filing for a cheap and quick divorce you should go to our Costs of Filing page. We would need to speak with you first about your agreement and gather some additional information about you and your spouse. Once we have this information our non-contested divorce lawyers will create the documents for you and your spouse to execute, and return them to our office to file it for you.
Alabama Uncontested Divorce Lawyers
When you retain our lawyers to handle your uncontested divorce for you we will: 1) prepare all of your documents, including your agreement for you; 2) counsel you through the divorce process; 3) file your divorce documents; and 4) work to ensure that the judge signs the Decree and that the process goes as quickly as possible. A non-contested divorce is almost always the best way to obtain an easy and cheap divorce while allowing both parties to have the divorce become final as quickly as possible and not drag on in the Courts.
We have offices in Montgomery, Birmingham, Huntsville, and Anniston but file uncontested divorces all over the State of Alabama. For example, we file divorces in Houston County, Morgan County, Tuscaloosa County, Elmore County, Talladega County, Madison County, Jefferson County, Shelby County, Montgomery County, Calhoun County, Mobile County, Baldwin County, Lee County, Etowah County, Marshall County, Lauderdale County, Limestone County, Cullman County, St. Clair County, and most other counties across the State of Alabama. Call our divorce attorneys today if you and your spouse have reached an agreement and are interested in filing an uncontested divorce in Alabama.