Cheap Fairhope Divorce Lawyers & Quick Fairhope Divorces
UNCONTESTED DIVORCE STARTING AT $290
If you and your spouse have reached an agreement, 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 Fairhope. Our Fairhope divorce lawyers are currently offering discounted flat fees for uncontested divorces in Baldwin 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 Baldwin County is about $236. If you live in Fairhope or the surrounding areas of Bay Minette, Daphne, Foley, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Robertsdale, Spanish Fort, Perdido Beach, Loxley, Summerdale, or Bon Secour, then you will likely be filing your divorce in Baldwin County, Alabama. Bay Minette is the county seat of Baldwin County with the courthouse located in downtown Bay Minette.
If you and your spouse are in complete agreement then you can do an uncontested divorce without ever having to go to court in most cases. It is just paperwork and can be a fairly simple process. We prepare the uncontested divorce paperwork for you and you and your spouse sign, execute, and return it to us to file with the court electronically. Then about a month or two later you will receive a divorce decree by email and mail. There is usually no reason to meet with our attorney in a simple uncontested divorce since a phone consultation can usually answer most of your questions. This is why we can handle your uncontested divorce in Baldwin County even though we do not have an office there. We can handle all of the paperwork through mail and email and make the divorce process as easy and quick as possible for you.
Many counties have certain local requirements and Baldwin County is no different. This is why it is important to retain a Fairhope divorce attorney that is licensed to practice law in Alabama and regularly files divorces in your county, even in simple uncontested divorces, since they will be familiar with such local rules. In Baldwin County there is an unusual local requirement. Someone called a Commissioner is appointed to be a kind of a notary on some paperwork in your case. This Commissioner must sign as witness to your signature on a document called the Testimony of Plaintiff. The Baldwin County Courts also have a parenting course requirement that each parent must finish in order to obtain their divorce decree. Call our Fairhope divorce lawyer today for more information about these and other such Baldwin County requirements. If you are ready to get the uncontested process started then you can fill out and send us a divorce questionnaire online.
Professional & Cheap Divorce in Fairhope, Alabama
Before instituting any divorce proceeding, it is necessary to consult a local Fairhope divorce lawyer for expert supervision. If you and your spouse are not in agreement, then you might be interested in filing a contested divorce proceeding. Simply call our office for information about the contested divorce process, but in general it is much more expensive. Most divorce lawyers will require a retainer of thousands of dollars up front to file such a case for you. In Fairhope, uncontested interviews are cheaper and mainly involve the putting together of relevant documents so long as you and your spouse have reached an agreement concerning everything. All that is needed of you is simply to fill our special questionnaire and supply us with other primary details needed to prepare your paperwork. Fortunately, all details that are needed to get your uncontested divorce filed can be obtained by email or mail, so with just a phone call to our Fairhope divorce attorney, you can get the ball rolling.
If an agreement has not been 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.
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 Fairhope divorce lawyers to discuss the contested divorce process in Baldwin County, Alabama.
Our Fairhope Divorce Attorneys
Even in a simple uncontested divorce, every county will have its own specific document requirements, so it is important to have a local divorce lawyer file your cheap divorce in Fairhope, Alabama. If you live in Fairhope or the surrounding areas of Bay Minette, Daphne, Foley, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Robertsdale, Spanish Fort, Perdido Beach, Loxley, Summerdale, or Bon Secour, then you will likely be filing your divorce in Baldwin County, which has specific divorce requirements that other counties do not have.
Generally, all legal procedures are regulated by rules, and each province or jurisdiction has its own rule. In Baldwin County, any uncontested divorce paper filed in that jurisdiction is by rule expected to contain certain unique languages as well as directions as to when your divorce papers must be signed and filed. When these rules are not complied with, such a filing becomes unacceptable by want of non-compliance.
We can help you even though we do not have a local office in Fairhope, Alabama. All divorces in Alabama are filed electronically now, so as long as there are no hearings involved, which there are not usually in uncontested divorces, we can get you a cheap and easy divorce in any county in the State of Alabama. Our Birmingham office is located on Highway 280 and our local divorce attorney, Steven Harris, regularly files divorces in Baldwin County. He is a member of the local Birmingham Bar Association and the Central Alabama Better Business Bureau. If you call our Fairhope divorce attorneys today, then we can answer any questions you may have, including telling you what to do in order to get a quick and easy divorce in Baldwin County, Alabama.
Contested Divorce Attorneys in Fairhope
If you are still left with unresolved issues and cannot opt for an uncontested divorce, a contested divorce is your next option. In a contested divorce, you would serve your spouse with a complaint. After they are served, that spouse normally files a response with the help of their own attorney. The hearings are then set and an assigned judge will ultimately decide your disagreements if the two of you cannot come to an agreement.
Our contested divorce lawyer in Fairhope, our contested divorce lawyer can help. It is, however, important to note that 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. Depending on how long it takes to resolve your marital issues in the divorce, the attorney fees could get expensive. Contested divorces normally range $1500 to $5000 or more, depending on how convoluted the issues are and how contested they will probably get. The retainers get more expensive when there are children involved.
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 uncontested divorce is almost always cheaper and easier than a contested one.