Divorces can easily cost thousands of dollars, but it doesn’t have to. At The Harris Firm, our divorce attorneys throughout Alabama currently charge $290 in attorney fees for an uncontested divorce with no minor children and $390 for an uncontested divorce with minor children. The courts require a filing fee as well when the initial paperwork, called the divorce Complaint, is filed. The amounts can vary by county, ranging from $207 in Jefferson County to over $330 in Madison County. Call us and we will let you know what the filing fee is where you live.
An uncontested divorce is by far the quickest and cheapest way to get divorced. Uncontested divorces are filed when the spouses agree on everything including the division of their property, and, if applicable, child custody and support matters. In Alabama, uncontested divorces are sometimes called no fault divorces. Generally, easy uncontested divorces are less expensive and are processed through the courts quicker than contested divorces. These factors make filing an uncontested divorce a smoother and cheaper method.
The attorney fees and court filing fees are generally the only fees involved when filing an uncontested divorce. Sometimes, however, there are additional fees involved with any additional legal filings that need to take place as a result of the divorce. For example, if one spouse needs to deed over some property to the ex-spouse as part of the divorce, our attorneys can prepare the deed for a flat low fee, usually around $100, and file it with the Probate Court. If you need to divide a retirement account, there is usually a special order called a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) that needs to be signed by the judge. We charge a separate flat fee to prepare that for you or you can prepare it yourself. These are just a few examples of common additional things couples need taken care of during or after the divorce process.
When most people think of getting the help of a lawyer, they think they will have to go into debt to afford one. That doesn’t have to happen. Our divorce lawyer can charge low flat rates because we have made the process more efficient. Since we can file paperwork with the court electronically now, our lawyers do not have to physically go to the courthouse and file your documents. This saves us time. which saves you money.
It is imperative that you retain a local Alabama divorce lawyer to represent you. The reason for this is that out of state attorneys, and sometimes out of county ones, will not be familiar with the local requirements in your particular location. For this reason, to ensure that all local requirements are met in your uncontested divorce and that you obtain your divorce decree as quickly and easily as possible, it is best to use an actual Alabama attorney and not go with some online document preparation company. It could even save you money and time in the long run by getting it done right the first time.