Alabaster Divorce Attorney & Alabaster Divorce Lawyers
Uncontested Divorces Starting at $290
Contested Divorce Retainers Starting at $1500
Our Alabaster divorce lawyers are currently charging a low flat fee for an uncontested divorce in Shelby County, Alabama. If you and your spouse are not in agreement, then we can help you file a contested divorce, but the attorney fees are much more expensive to begin that process. No matter which divorce you file, as long as one or both of you reside in Alabaster, then your divorce can usually be filed in Shelby County, Alabama.
- $290 for an uncontested divorce with no minor children.
- $390 for an uncontested divorce with minor children.
There is also a fee that is charged when a divorce is filed in a contested or uncontested divorce. This filing fee varies from county to county, but in Shelby County it is about $292, which includes a small convenience fee. Give our Alabaster divorce attorney a call today for more information about the filing fee in your county.
To get a cheap divorce in Alabaster, you and your spouse need to be complete agreement about all marital issues such as child support, custody, and division of property. To get started we can email or mail you a questionnaire or you can fill it out online on the divorce questionnaire page. In an uncontested divorce it is usually not necessary to meet in our office and there are not any hearings due to the parties having agreed to everything. This allows us to offer such discounted fees no matter where you live in Alabama. However, we do have an office in Shelby County if you want an in person consultation with our local divorce attorney.
Divorce Lawyers in Alabaster
If you are going to file an uncontested divorce in Alabaster then you should retain a local divorce attorney that is familiar with the local requirements in Shelby County. Most counties have their own local requirements and even might have unique language they want it the documents. Our Alabaster divorce lawyers regularly file uncontested divorces in Shelby County and are very familiar with the local requirements.
An uncontested divorce is where you reach an agreement with your spouse and both of you sign the documents prior to the divorce being filed. Since a settlement agreement is filed with the divorce, all the judge has to do is approve the agreement and issue your divorce decree, which is usually done without any hearings or court dates. This divorce decree is usually issued about a month or two after the case is filed.
Any other way you file is called a contested divorce. This is where you file a divorce without any agreement being reached and have your spouse served with the Complaint. Once they are officially served, they usually obtain an attorney and file a response. There are hearings set and the judge will ultimately decide your disagreements if the two of you cannot come to an agreement.
We can help if you need to file a contested divorce. However, the attorney fees are significantly higher than an uncontested divorce. Like most divorce lawyers, we require a retainer for such services and our attorney will bill hourly from it depending on the amount of work performed. So depending on how long it takes to resolve your marital issues in the divorce, the attorney fees could get expensive.
Typically retainers for contested divorces range from $1500 to $5000 or more, depending on how complex the issues involved are and how contested they will probably get. If there are minor children of the marriage, then the retainers are more than divorces without children, but there are other factors we consider in quoting you a retainer.
You can call our office today to find out how much of a retainer we would require up front to begin working on your case. You will usually need to have a quick phone consultation with our attorney before we can quote you a fee, especially if there are minor children or other potentially complex issues involved. This is the reason an Alabaster uncontested divorce is almost always cheaper and easier.
Uncontested Divorce in Alabaster
To get a cheap divorce in Alabaster, the two of you must be in agreement. Our Alabaster divorce attorneys charge $290.00 for uncontested divorces with no minor children and $390.00 with minor children. This does not include the filing fee charged when a case is filed. In Shelby County the filing fee is about $292, which includes a small convenience fee for filing electronically.
To start the uncontested divorce process in Alabaster, you would usually fill out the questionnaire online or by mail. After you have paid the attorney fees and we receive the questionnaire, then we will prepare the documents and send them to you. Once we get the documents back properly signed and notarized with the filing fee then we file the case. You will usually get your divorce decree about thirty days or more later. In almost all counties now, the Court usually enters the decrees electronically.
If you live in Alabaster, Birmingham, Calera, Helena, Chelsea, Columbiana, Hoover, Leeds, Montevallo, Pelham, Vestavia Hills, Wilsonville, or Harpersville then your divorce may be filed in the Circuit Court of Shelby County or Jefferson County. If you are in the City of Alabaster or the surrounding areas of Shelby County and want a quick and easy divorce, then give our local divorce lawyer a call today for more information.
Contested Divorce in Alabaster
If it’s not an uncontested divorce where the spouses have reached a mutual agreement, it is called a contested divorce. In a contested divorce, there is no previous agreement reached and one spouse serves the other with a Complaint. Once they are officially served, the spouse hires an attorney who will help them file a response. The hearings are set and a judge gets involved to ultimately decide on your disagreements.
Should you be in need of filing for divorce, our legal team can help. Please be aware that attorney fees are significantly higher than in an uncontested divorce. As is common practice with divorce lawyers, a retainer is required for these services and our attorney will bill hourly which means how much it comes out to depends on the amount of time needed to perform the work. Contested divorces retainers usually range from $1500 to $5000 or more, depending on how complex the issues involved are and how contested they will probably get. An example of something that would make the process take longer and cost more is if there are minor children from the marriage.
Feel free to contact us so we can evaluate your situation and give you an estimate of what the retainer would be in order for our experienced contested divorce lawyer in Alabaster to begin work on your case. This consists of a brief phone consultation with our attorney so we can quote you a fee and take note of important details like any assets shared between you two or minor children or other potentially complex issues involved. Because of all these other factors, uncontested divorce is almost always the ideal, cheaper and easier route.