Birmingham Divorce Lawyers & Divorce Attorneys
QUICK AND EASY UNCONTESTED DIVORCE STARTING AT $290
If you and your spouse have reached an agreement concerning property division, child support, visitation, and all other issues arising from the marriage, then you may be able to get a cheap and quick divorce. Filing an uncontested divorce is the easiest and simplest way to get a cheap divorce in Birmingham. Our Birmingham divorce lawyers are currently offering discounted flat fees for uncontested divorces in Shelby County, Jefferson County, and throughout Central Alabama.
$290 for uncontested divorces without minor children
$390 for uncontested divorces with minor children
This does not include the filing fee that each county charges to file a divorce. The filing fee in Jefferson County is about $206. If you are ready to get the process started then you can fill out and send us a divorce questionnaire online. Call us at (205) 201-1789 if you have any questions about filing a cheap divorce in Birmingham or anywhere else in Shelby or Jefferson County.
Our Birmingham Divorce Attorneys
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 a no contest or 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 files for divorce and serves the other party with the divorce 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.
We can help you get a contested divorce, but the fees are much higher. We will require a retainer up front of anywhere from $1500 to $4000 or more, depending on your circumstances. The divorce attorney 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 attorney to keep working on the case. Call us today and speak with our divorce attorney Jason Overton and he 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, but if that is not possible then call our Birmingham divorce lawyers to discuss the contested divorce process in your county.
Cheap and Easy Uncontested Divorces in Birmingham
Our Birmingham divorce attorneys are currently charging a low flat rate of $290 to handle your uncontested divorce without minor children of the marriage and $390 if you do have minor children. This does not include a filing fee that each county requires which is a little over $200 in Jefferson County.
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 reside in Bessemer, Alabaster, Gardendale, 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.
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 in Bessemer, Trussville, 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 office is located on Highway 280 and our local divorce attorney, Steven Harris, regularly files divorces in Jefferson and Shelby County. He 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.
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 an attorney 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 lawyers 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. We bill hourly and the amount, of course, depends on the amount of work performed. Contested divorce retainers normally range from $1500 to $5000 or more, but of course this 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. We can go over your case and inform you of the retainer required up front to begin working on your case.