Cullman Divorce Lawyers & Divorce Attorneys
Uncontested Divorces Starting at $290
Contested Divorce Retainers Starting at $1500
Our Divorce Lawyers in Cullman are currently charging a low flat fee for uncontested divorces in Cullman County, Alabama.
- $290 for uncontested divorces with no minor children
- $390 for uncontested divorces with minor children
When a divorce of any type is filed, the local county it is filed in charges a filing fee. These filing fees vary depending on the county. The filing fee for Cullman County is about $233, which may include something called a convenience fee for filing electronically. Call our Cullman divorce lawyer today for the filing fee where you live.
If you and your spouse are in complete agreement about all your marital issues, and are willing to sign all paperwork our law firm prepares then you may be able to get a cheap and easy divorce in Cullman, Alabama. An uncontested divorce in Cullman is where both spouses sign something called a settlement agreement before any case is ever filed. This agreement signed by both parties is what we prepare for you along with the other documents the local courts require to get a divorce by agreement and not have to have any hearings.
When you get all uncontested divorce documents that we prepare properly executed and returned then we file it. Once it is filed, then the judge will just look at your agreement and the other signed filings. As long as they approve the agreement, then the judge will sign your divorce decree without you ever having to step foot in a courtroom.
To begin the process of an uncontested divorce, you can fill out a questionnaire online (by clicking on the Take Action button to right of page or clicking here) or you can always contact us to send you a questionnaire by mail or email. It is hardly ever necessary to meet with our Cullman divorce lawyer in person as long as both parties are in complete agreement about such issues as custody, child support, property distribution, and all other such matters.
If you want to speak with the divorce attorney before proceeding then feel free to call us and our Cullman divorce attorney can call you back and do a consultation over the phone usually the same day you call for no charge. You can also meet in one of our offices if you like, but there will likely be a consultation fee for in person meetings. If you are seeking a divorce in Cullman County then call our local divorce lawyer today for more information.
Divorce Lawyers in Cullman
Since all marital issues have been resolved by you and your spouse the judge would just need to approve your agreement, which can be done without hearings in Cullman. There is a thirty day waiting period in Alabama, which means the judge cannot officially divorce you for thirty days after a case is filed. That means your uncontested divorce may get filed, but you will not be officially divorced for at least thirty days. We let the judge’s office know when it has been thirty days, and try to get them to sign your decree around that time. Once the divorce decree is signed you should receive it by email and mail.
All counties have their own local requirements for what can be in the paperwork and how the documents need to be signed and executed. This is why it is important to retain a local divorce lawyer that practices in and around Cullman, Alabama. Our Cullman divorce lawyer knows the local requirements and can ensure that your uncontested divorce goes through and you get your divorce decree as quickly and easily as possible.
If you and your spouse are not in agreement, then you cannot do an uncontested divorce. You would need to file a contested divorce to get the process started without an agreement. In a contested divorce you would ask the judge to grant you whatever it is that you want and have your spouse served. Once they are served, they file a response called an Answer. The two of you talk, usually through attorneys, and if no agreement can be reached then there will be hearings and eventually a trial where the judge will ultimately decide all of your contested issues for you and your spouse. This contested process can take a year or longer to get to trial and can be very expenses since you generally pay your divorce attorney by the hour. So the more hours they work, the more you pay them. However, if both parties want custody or a certain piece of valuable property, then it might not be something that can be resolved by agreement and a trial will be necessary in order to fight for what you deserve.
Most Cullman divorce lawyers will require a retainer, which is an up front amount of money you pay them to keep in a special account called a Trust Account. The State of Alabama requires all licensed attorneys in the state to maintain such an account and put your money in there and hold it as the Trustee holding your money for you. Then the Cullman divorce attorney will bill at an hourly rate for the work they do and take the money out of this retainer as they do the work.
For example, a divorce attorney in Cullman might want a retainer of $3000.00 for a contested divorce with minor children. You pay the attorney this amount and they start working on your case at a rate of $300 per hour. They work ten hours meeting with you, preparing the paperwork, filing the case, getting your spouse served, and attending one hearing. After that hearing you would usually need to refill that retainer or the divorce attorney might withdraw from representing you. Since they are paid by the hour, you would need to pay another retainer for them to start working additional hours on your case.
Sometimes divorce attorneys can charge a flat fee in situations where they can predict the number of hours they will be working on a case. That is what we do with uncontested divorces, since we are just providing some counsel by phone or an in person appointment, and preparing paperwork for you and your spouse to sign, execute, and return to us to file. That is all the flat fee covers. In a contested divorce, there is no way for a divorce lawyer in Cullman to predict the number of hours it will take to resolve the case since the negotiations are so unpredictable. That is why divorce lawyers charge by the hour in any type of family law case that is contested.
Cheap and Easy Cullman Divorce
As long as everyone is in agreement on division of property, custody, child support, and all other marital issues then you can get a quick and easy divorce in Cullman for $290 or $390 plus the filing fee. There are no hearings and you don’t have to set up an in person appointment with the lawyer, as long as the two of you are in complete agreement and willing to sign and properly execute the paperwork we prepare.
The City of Cullman is the county seat of Cullman County, Alabama, with the courthouse located in downtown Cullman. If you live in Cullman, Arab, Hanceville, Good Hope, Fairview, Holly Pond, Baileyton, Colony, Dodge City, Joppa, Bremen, or Crane Hill then you will likely be filing your divorce in Marshall County or Cullman County. Our Cullman divorce attorney regularly files divorces in this area and is familiar with the local requirements. If you retain us for your uncontested divorce, we will ensure that you get your divorce decree as quickly and easily as possible.
Our Cullman divorce attorney is a member of the Better Business Bureau and our law firm has an A+ rating. Feel free to take a look on our BBB page for more information. Call our Cullman divorce attorney today, and let him answer any questions you may have over the phone and get the process started for a quick and easy divorce in Cullman County, Alabama without having to step foot in a courthouse.
Contested Divorce Attorneys in Cullman
Anther way to file for divorce is a contested divorce. This is the route you should take if you and your spouse have unresolved issues that impede you from coming to an agreement on your own. In this case, a spouse serves the other with an official Complaint. Once this has been delivered and received, the spouse normally hires an attorney and files a response. The subsequent hearings are set and a judge ultimately decides your disagreements if the two of you cannot come to an agreement.
We have an experienced contested divorce attorney on our team who can help you should you need to file a contested divorce. We find it important to note that attorney fees for a contested divorce are significantly higher than an uncontested divorce. This is because, like most divorce lawyers, we charge a retainer for our services that is billed based on the amount of hours that were needed to work on your case. So depending on how long it takes to resolve your marital issues in the divorce, the attorney fees could end up being expensive. This is the reason an uncontested divorce is almost always cheaper and easier than a contested one – and the route we most recommend whenever possible.
Usually, retainers for contested divorces range from $1500 to $5000 or more, but this, of course, depends on how complex the issues involved are and how much opposition they meet. Should there be minor children of the marriage, you can expect the retainers to be more expensive than in divorces without children, however there are other factors we consider in quoting you a retainer. We invite you to call us should you have any questions or shuld you be considering filing for divorce. We will consult with you briefly to get a feel for you case and so we can give you an estimated quote for your retainer.