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Birmingham Divorce Lawyer
If you and your spouse have reached an agreement concerning property division, child support, visitation, and all other issues arising from the marriage, then our Birmingham divorce lawyer may be able to get you a cheap and quick divorce. If you have not reached an agreement, then our divorce attorneys in Birmingham can file your case and fight for you in your divorce case. Either way we can help. Let our office today and let our local divorce attorney in Birmingham give you a quick consultation over the phone.
If you have not reached an agreement, then our Birmingham divorce lawyers can also help you file a contested divorce. Contested divorces are much more expensive and can be extremely emotional, but if no agreement can be reached it may be the only way to get awarded what you need by the Court. You will have to have hearings in a courtroom and have a judge decide all of your contested issues if you have no agreement. It can be very difficult to endure, but our divorce lawyer in Birmingham will be with you through the entire process. When you finally have your day in Court, our Birmingham divorce attorney will fight for you.
If you have both reached an agreement already, then you can file an uncontested divorce in Jefferson County or Shelby County, Alabama. Filing an uncontested divorce in Birmingham is the easiest and simplest way to get a cheap divorce in Jefferson County. Our Birmingham divorce attorneys are currently offering discounted flat fees for uncontested divorces in Shelby County, Jefferson County, and throughout Central Alabama.
- $390 for simple uncontested divorces without minor children
- $490 for simple uncontested divorces with minor children
The uncontested divorce may require additional fees if there are substantial property or tax considerations involved, business interests, paternity issues, retirement issues, or any other complex issues that would require more time of the attorney. There is also a filing fee that the county charges when a divorce is filed. This filing fee varies from county to county. Give our Birmingham divorce lawyer a call today for more information about the filing fee in your county.
If you are ready to get the process started then you can fill out and send us a questionnaire online by going to the right sidebar on this page. Call our Birmingham divorce attorneys anytime at (205) 201-1789 if you have any questions about filing a divorce in Birmingham or anywhere else in Shelby or Jefferson County.
Divorce Attorneys in Birmingham
When filing for divorce it is important that you retain a local Birmingham divorce lawyer to counsel you through the process. If you are interested in a contested divorce or a default divorce in Jefferson or Shelby County, then you can contact our office to discuss our fees and go over the process together over the phone. If you are considering a quick and cheap divorce in Birmingham, then you should consider an uncontested divorce. This process involves mostly paperwork as long as the two of you have agreed on every single marital issue. You would just need to fill out a questionnaire explaining what you’ve agreed to (along with additional information necessary to prepare all of the required forms and documents) and return it to us in order to get the process started.
The process of filing for an uncontested divorce is fairly simple. When you call us, then we can answer any questions you may have over the phone and an in office consultation is usually not necessary. However, both you and your spouse must have reached an agreement in order to file for an uncontested divorce.
If an agreement cannot be reached and you wish to get divorced, then you will likely have to file a contested divorce. This is where one party’s divorce attorney files the divorce and serves the other party with the paperwork. The other spouse, once served, has a limited amount of time to respond and if they do not, then the filing party may be able to receive their divorce by default. If the other party does respond, then there will usually be hearings set and a contested divorce will begin. A contested divorce continues until both parties either reach an agreement as to all contested issues or have a trial and let the judge in their case decide these issues for them.
Our Birmingham divorce attorneys can help you get a contested divorce, but the fees are much higher. We will require a retainer up front that can be very expensive, depending on your circumstances. The divorce attorney in Birmingham then bills out of that retainer at an hourly rate until he or she has worked enough so that the retainer is empty. At that point you have to refill the retainer in order for the divorce attorney to keep working on the case. Call us today and speak with our Birmingham divorce lawyer and they can give you a quick phone consultation and quote you a retainer fee for your particular case.
It is always cheaper and simpler to reach an agreement beforehand and file an uncontested divorce in Alabama, but if that is not possible then call our Birmingham divorce lawyers to discuss the contested divorce process in your county.
Birmingham Divorce Attorneys
Our Birmingham divorce attorneys are currently charging a low flat rate of $390 to handle your simple uncontested divorce without minor children of the marriage and $490 if you do have minor children. This does not include a filing fee that each county requires. If it is uncontested then you can get an online divorce in Alabama without having to leave your home in many cases.
Even in a quick and easy uncontested divorce, each county can have different document requirements, so it is important to have a local divorce lawyer file your cheap divorce in Birmingham, Alabama. If you need a divorce attorney in Gardendale, Bessemer, Alabaster, Hoover, Birmingham, or Pelham, then your divorce will most likely be filed in either Shelby County or the Jefferson County Domestic Relations Court, both of which have specific divorce requirements that other counties may not have.
For example, when filing a cheap divorce in Jefferson County there are certain documents that must have language included in them that are unique to that county. If you are filing a cheap divorce in Shelby County, then there are very specific requirements concerning when your divorce documents should be signed and filed. If these requirements are not met, and the proper motions and other pleadings are not filed in the proper way, then they are likely to dismiss your case and you will have to file it all over again.
If you are using an online divorce document preparation program, then they will usually not have such county specific language in them and it can cause your divorce to be dismissed by the judge assigned to your case. Our Birmingham divorce lawyers are familiar with all of these local rules and will work to ensure that all documents are filed correctly and in compliance with the local rules. This is why an actual Birmingham uncontested divorce attorney is necessary and having a national online document preparation company prepare your divorce documents may not be the best decision.
Contested Divorces in Birmingham
Another type of divorce we handle is contested divorce. Contested divorce is filed when a mutual agreement is not reached beforehand and you have your spouse served with the Complaint. Typically, following the serving, the spouse finds a Birmingham divorce lawyer to represent them and files a response. Hearings are then set and your disagreements are ultimately decided by a judge.
At The Harris Firm, our divorce lawyers in Birmingham will help you file a contested divorce properly. Unlike the uncontested route, the contested divorce attorney fees are significantly higher. As is industry standard, we do require a retainer for contested divorce services. Our local divorce attorneys bill hourly and the amount, of course, depends on the amount of work performed.
Contested divorce retainers can be very high, just how much depends on how complex the issues involved are and how much they are contested. When there are minor children involved, retainers are generally more than without children, however there are other factors that affect your retainer quote in the end. Feel free to reach out to our office today. Our Birmingham divorce lawyer can go over your case and inform you of the retainer required up front to begin working on your case.
Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama and the county seat of Jefferson County with the Jefferson County Courthouse located in downtown Birmingham. If you need a divorce lawyer in Trussville, Bessemer, Homewood, Fultondale, or Gardendale then you will most likely be filing in Jefferson County. If you are residing in Alabaster, Pelham, or Hoover then you will likely be filing in the Shelby County Courts. The Shelby County Courthouse is located in Columbiana, Alabama and their filing fee is about a little over $290 (which includes a small convenience fee for filing online). Our Birmingham divorce lawyer files cases all across Jefferson County, Alabama so call us today for a quick consultation over the phone.
Our Birmingham office is located downtown and our local divorce attorney regularly files divorces in Jefferson and Shelby County. Our Birmingham divorce lawyer is a member of the local Birmingham Bar Association and the Central Alabama Better Business Bureau. If you call our Birmingham divorce attorneys today, then we can answer any questions you may have, including helping to determine what courthouse to file your divorce in.
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It depends on which type of divorce you are doing. If you are pursuing an uncontested divorce (where you and your spouse have reached an agreement concerning all marital issues) then you can fill out our questionnaire... Read more
For a contested divorce, you will need to call and speak with one of our attorneys for a quote. However, we usually work with you to structure a low, flat fee instead of expensive retainers that are billed out of at an expensive hourly rate... Read more
As long as you or hour spouse is a resident of Alabama, then you can file here. To be a resident, you have to have resided in the State for at least six months prior to filing a case. If you both are residents of Alabama, then... Read more
An uncontested divorce is where both you and your spouse have reached an agreement about all of your marital issues such as custody, child support, division of property, and all other issues. If you have reached such an agreement... Read more
An uncontested divorce usually takes about one or two months after everything has been signed by both spouses and filed with the court. A contested divorce can take anywhere from 30 days to months or years, depending on... Read more