Divorce is a complicated and time-consuming process. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to take care of it online? You may be surprised to learn that you can, if you are filing for an uncontested divorce. Keep reading to learn the steps you can take to file for divorce online in Alabama.
1. Determine if Your Divorce is Uncontested
An uncontested divorce occurs when one spouse files based on a no-fault ground, such as irreconcilable differences or incompatibility. If the other spouse agrees, it is considered uncontested in the state of Alabama. If you find that your divorce is uncontested, you can begin the process of filing it online right away.
2. Call a Local Divorce Attorney
The next step is to call the office of an experienced local divorce attorney that practices in the State you are filing in. The lawyer can prepare the documents for you and your spouse to sign and return to their local office for the attorney to file your online divorce.
3. Sit Back & Wait for Your Divorce Decree
Your third and final step is to wait for your divorce decree, which will be ordered and received by email in the State of Alabama, but might be different in other jurisdictions. This decree finalizes your divorce and lays out all of the legal terms and conditions of the divorce including ordering you and your spouse to do all of the various things you agreed to do in your settlement agreement (part of the uncontested divorce paperwork you signed and filed with the Court).
As you can see, this process is fairly simple as long as both parties agree and sign the paperwork for an uncontested divorce in Alabama. In other states it might be different, but in Alabama it is completed entirely online, with no court dates or attorney office visits necessary with the exception of only a few counties. Even in those few counties that require one hearing, the hearing is usually very informal and sometimes even done in the privacy of the judge’s office and not in the actual courtroom. They are just a formality to get one party to state some facts about the marriage under oath, which most other counties in Alabama have waived in order to allow the divorce process to be done much faster since everyone is in agreement anyway.
So in most counties in Alabama, you can take care of all of your other daily tasks and still finalize your divorce. To learn more about filing for an uncontested divorce completely online in Alabama, contact our legal team today.
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