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Divorce Attorneys in Homewood

Going through a divorce is almost always a challenge. Divorces are notorious for being grueling processes that become time-consuming, complicated and stressful for all parties involved. There is, however, a way to file that can make the whole process more straightforward and simple. To avoid unnecessary, drawn-out litigation, our Homewood divorce lawyers recommend filing for uncontested divorce whenever possible. If a couple is able to come to a mutual agreement on tough marital issues such as property division, finances, child support, alimony, visitation and other issues, they can choose to file for an uncontested divorce. The divorce lawyers in Homewood that are part of our team of attorneys can help guide you along the process and help you file for a  relatively cheap and quick divorce. Should you and your spouse not be able to come to a mutual agreement, a contested divorce is the alternative. 

For couples who cannot come to a mutual agreement, a contested divorce is still an option, although we advise our clients to avoid this option whenever possible due to the challenges and stress associated with it. An uncontested divorce will typically cost more as well, and take longer to resolve. Still, should continue to be your only option, our Homewood Divorce Lawyers are here to assist you with the process of filing from start to finish. Homewood Divorce Lawyers

Divorces in Homewood and the surrounding areas of Jefferson County are significantly simpler and cheaper when they are uncontested. Currently, our Homewood divorce lawyers are offering discounted flat fees for uncontested divorces in  Jefferson County as follows. 

$290 for uncontested divorces without minor children

$390 for uncontested divorces with minor children

The fees listed here do not include the filing fees that each county charges to file a divorce. In Jefferson County, the filing fee is approximately $206. To get the process started, fill out and send us a questionnaire online by going to the right sidebar on this page. Call us anytime at (205) 201-1789 with any questions you may have about filing a divorce in Homewood or anywhere else in Jefferson County.

Cheap & Easy Homewood Uncontested Divorces

Having reliable counsel through the divorce process is essential to filing it properly. Our Homewood divorce lawyers can help you file all the paperwork and documents for an uncontested or contested divorce.  For divorces in Birmingham or anywhere else in Jefferson County, we invite you to reach out to our office. We can discuss all the details with you and initiate the process and other aspects to start your case over the phone.

For couple in Homewood, Alabama seeking a cheap and quick divorce, we recommend going the route of an uncontested divorce. This option works for couples who have reached agreements on all marital issues and will just need to fill out paperwork and provide certain documents to proceed. To begin, we will have you fill out a simple questionnaire explaining what you have agreed to (along with additional information necessary to prepare all of the required forms and documents) and our Homewood divorce attorneys need you to return it to us in order to get the process started.

The process of filing for a no-contest oHomewood Divorce Attorneysr uncontested divorce is fairly simple. When you call us, then our Homewood divorce attorney 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.

Our Homewood divorce lawyer can help you get a contested divorce, but the fees are much higher. We will require a retainer upfront of anywhere from $1500 to $5000 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 Homewood divorce attorney who can conduct 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 Homewood divorce lawyers to discuss the contested divorce process in your county.

Homewood Divorce Lawyers

Our Homewood 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 Homewood, Alabama.  If you reside in Homewood, then your divorce will most likely be filed in Jefferson County Domestic Relations Court which has specific divorce requirements that other counties may not have.  For example, when filing a cheap divorce in She 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 Jefferson 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 Homewood 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 Homewood uncontested divorce attorney is necessary and having a national online document preparation company prepare your divorce documents may not be the best decision.

 If you are filing a divorce in Center Point or Homewood you will likely file your divorce in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County.  The Jefferson County Courthouse has a filing fee about a little over $206 (which includes a small convenience fee for filing online).  If you call our Homewood 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 Homewood

Although we advise our clients to opt for an uncontested divorce whenever possible because of the simpler, faster process it provides, our Homewood lawyers are well equipped and experienced with traditional contested divorces as well. When a couple can’t come to a mutual agreement, this is the form of divorce they will need to file for to help them find a resolution to their conflicts with the help of a judge. Once one spouse is served with the formal Complaint, what follows is that spouse enlisting the help of a divorce lawyer to represent them and to help them file a response. Once this is complete, the required hearings are scheduled and the disagreements in the marriage will be up to a judge to decide and resolve.

The divorce attorneys here at The Harris Firm will help you file for a contested divorce properly. A contested divorce is much more involved than an uncontested divorce and has higher fees that correspond to the extra work and litigation involved. As is customary, our Homewood divorce lawyers charge a retainer for their contested divorce services. Beyond the retainer fee, there is also an hourly billing rate that is charged every month. The total of that amount depends on the scope of work performed. 

A typical price range for a contested divorce is between approximately $1500 to $5000 or more. The actual amount depends heavily on the extent of the work involved, how complex the marital conflicts are and how hard they are contested. It is important to note that when there are minor children involved, retainers tend to be higher than when there are no children involved. Beyond this, there are other factors that will impact your final rate. Contact our office today so we discuss and can go over your case. This will help us understand your situation and better inform you of the retainer required to begin working on your case.  If you need a divorce attorney in Irondale or the surrounding areas of Homewood, Bessemer, Pinson, Trussville, Hoover, Gardendale, Vestavia Hills, or Fairfield, then you will likely be filing in the Jefferson County Courts.  

Our local Homewood divorce attorney regularly files divorces in Jefferson County. He is a member of the local Birmingham Bar Association and the Central Alabama Better Business Bureau.  If you call our Homewood divorce lawyer today, then we can answer any questions you may have, including helping to determine what courthouse to file your divorce in.