Uncontested Divorces in Alabama
If you and your spouse have already reached an agreement concerning all of your marital issues then you may be able to do a cheap and easy uncontested divorce. An uncontested divorce is where a married couple executes a settlement agreement resolving all of their issues and submits the agreement to the judge. If the judge approves your agreement then there are no hearings and you can obtain your divorce quickly and easily. Give our lawyers a call today for more information about getting a quick and simple divorce in Alabama.
$290 for uncontested divorces in Alabama without minor children.
$390 for uncontested divorces with minor children of the marriage.
There is also a filing fee that varies from county to county. Call us to find out the filing fee where you live.
If you are ready to get the process started then you can fill out and submit a divorce questionnaire online today.
Cheap Divorces in Alabama
Whenever a divorce is filed in the State of Alabama, it is usually designated as either an uncontested divorce or a contested divorce. Uncontested divorces in Alabama are sometimes called no fault divorces, and are generally the easiest way to get a quick and cheap divorce. It is where both spouses reach an agreement before anything is ever filed with the courts. This agreement is then submitted at the beginning of the divorce, right when the case is filed, to show that there are no unresolved or contested issues. Reaching an agreement before obtaining your attorney is the best way to get a quick and easy divorce, since all that the lawyer has to do is prepare and file your paperwork.
The attorney’s fees in an uncontested divorce are almost always more affordable than filing for divorce without an agreement. This is because there are no contested issues for the lawyer to litigate, allowing for a much simpler and inexpensive process. In an uncontested divorce, the necessary documents are typically prepared by a divorce lawyer. Once the documents are signed and properly executed, then they are filed with the appropriate court. Since an agreement has been signed and filed with all of the other documents, it is designated an uncontested divorce.
The Court will typically not sign the divorce decree for at least 30 days, but in an uncontested divorce both spouses will usually be receiving their Final Decree of Divorce about 5 to 10 weeks after filing (depending on the county you file in). Since you can receive your divorce decree about a month after filing, without ever having to go to court, this is usually the simplest way to get a fast divorce.
There are typically no hearings or court dates in an Alabama uncontested divorce since an agreement has been reached concerning the division of marital assets, custody, and other such matters. Some counties have a different process for obtaining a no fault divorce than others and each county can have their own unique document requirements. However, our lawyers file hundreds of uncontested divorces every year 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.
In contrast to an uncontested or no fault divorce, a contested divorce is when one spouse files their divorce 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 spouses, through their respective divorce attorneys, will try to reach an agreement. Eventually, if no agreement can be reached, then both parties will go to trial (many months and in some cases 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 proceeding are much higher than in an uncontested divorce, and the process usually takes longer since there are contested issues to be resolved.
How Much Do Uncontested Divorces in Alabama Cost?
Our uncontested divorce lawyers are currently charging $290 for attorney fees in simple no fault divorces in Alabama without minor children of the marriage and $390 for simple no fault divorces in Alabama with minor children of the marriage. 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 uncontested divorce lawyers will create the documents for you and your spouse to execute, and return them to our office to file with the court.
When you retain us to handle your uncontested divorce for you we will: 1) prepare all of your documents, including your agreement for you; 2) counsel you and answer any questions you may have about the divorce process; 3) file your divorce documents once they are properly signed and executed; and 4) work to ensure that the judge signs the divorce 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. If you are looking for a fast and affordable divorce, then give us a call today for more information.