Montgomery Divorce Attorneys & Divorce Lawyers in Montgomery
UNCONTESTED DIVORCE STARTING AT $290
If you and your spouse have already reached an agreement concerning all of your marital issues, then you should be able to get a quick and easy uncontested divorce in Montgomery, Alabama. Our Montgomery divorce lawyers are currently offering discounted flat fees to help you obtain a cheap divorce in and around Montgomery County.
If you and your spouse are not in agreement, then you will have to file a contested divorce. This is much more expensive, but if you call us our divorce attorney can give you give you a quick consultation over the phone and quote you a retainer today. Like most family law firms, we require a retainer up front to begin work on these cases. Retainers for contested divorces can range anywhere from $1500 to $5000 or more, depending on the issues involved.
However, if both of you are in agreement, then you can get an uncontested divorce prepared and filed for you for a low, flat attorney’s fee.
- $290 for uncontested divorces without minor children of the marriage.
- $390 for uncontested divorces with minor children of the marriage.
This does not include the filing fee that each county requires when a divorce is filed. The filing fee for Montgomery County is about $202. If you want to get the process started you can request us to mail or email you a questionnaire or you can fill one out online by going to our divorce questionnaire page. If you have additional questions then give us a call and speak with one of our local Montgomery divorce attorneys today.
Our Montgomery Divorce Attorney
Going through a divorce can be a lengthy, bitter, and exhausting process. Many spouses worry about having their life put on hold while they wait for a court date. In addition to the time, there is also the expense of paying their divorce lawyers thousands of dollars in retainer fees. Filing for divorce can be extremely cumbersome, depending on how it is done. If an agreement can be reached in the beginning, it can save a lot of hassle, time, and money.
If you cannot reach an agreement, then you will need to consult with one of our Montgomery divorce lawyers on the phone or in person. During the initial consult, if you need a contested divorce then we will quote you a retainer fee to get started on your case. Once this is paid, we will file the divorce and serve your spouse. This can get quite expensive and time consuming, but if no agreement can be reached then it is sometimes necessary. The attorney will bill at an hourly rate and take the earned fees out of the retainer as the work is performed. Once the retainer is gone, you will have to refill it for the attorney to continue working on your case. Therefore the longer the case goes on and the more work the attorney has to do, the more expensive it can get.
No matter which type of divorce you file, it is important to retain a local divorce attorney that practices regularly in your jurisdiction. This is because each county, including Montgomery County, has their own local requirements that only a local divorce lawyer will be aware of. For example there are also certain document requirements that are particular to this county.
Our Montgomery divorce attorneys are familiar with all such local rules and will ensure that you get your decree as quickly and easily as possible. In some cases, when a national document preparation company is retained to type up your documents they are not familiar with such local rules and this can cause your paperwork to be incomplete, resulting in a dismissal of your divorce. Our Montgomery divorce lawyers know these rules and will work with you to ensure that they are followed in an uncontested divorce.
Professional Uncontested Divorces in Montgomery, Alabama
There are usually two ways to file for divorce in Central Alabama, uncontested and contested. You can file a simple uncontested divorce if you and your spouse have reached an agreement as to all of your marital issues. If such an agreement has not been reached, and does not seem possible, then a contested divorce will need to be filed. Our Montgomery divorce lawyers can help you with this, but the attorneys fees are much more than in an uncontested divorce. To begin the contested divorce process, we will file a document called a Complaint for you and have your spouse served with this filing.
Once he or she is served, then they will have a certain number of days to file an appropriate response. If they do, then a hearing will be set and we will speak with the spouse’s attorney to determine whether an agreement can be reached. When an agreement is still not possible, then a trial before the judge will usually be necessary. If the spouse does not file an Answer, then you may be able to obtain a default divorce and get your divorce decree without having to go to Court. When you call our office, one of our Montgomery divorce lawyers will talk to you and can usually answer all of your questions over the phone the same day. If you are considering an uncontested divorce, a phone consultation may be all that is necessary. However, if you are filing a contested divorce we will be happy to meet you in our Montgomery office.
In each county, there is a filing fee that must be paid to the Court when the divorce is filed. How much this filing fee is depends on where you file, with the filing fee in Montgomery County being a little over $200 (which includes a small convenience fee for filing your divorce electronically). This filing fee must be paid before we will file your divorce for you. This filing fee is usually the same, whether you are filing an uncontested or contested divorce.
If you reside in Montgomery, Pike Road,Hope Hull, or Mount Meigs, then we will most likely be filing your divorce for you in the Family Court of Montgomery County. Montgomery is the capital city of Alabama and the county seat of Montgomery County. The county courthouse is located in downtown Montgomery at 100 S. Lawrence St., Montgomery, AL 36104. If you live in the surrounding areas of Prattville, Selma, Millbrook, Auburn, or Dothan then you will likely be filing your divorce in the Elmore County, Autauga County, Dallas County, Lee County, or Houston County Courts. For more information on getting a divorce in Lee County, go to our Auburn uncontested divorce page.
Our local divorce attorney regularly files divorces in all of these courts. He is a member of the local Montgomery Bar Association, the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, and the Central Alabama Better Business Bureau. No matter what type of divorce you are seeking, we can usually quote you a flat fee instead of the traditional hourly based billing that most law firms use. If you have any questions, then give our Montgomery divorce attorneys a call today.
Contested Divorces in Montgomery, Alabama
Any other way you file for divorce is called a contested divorce. This is the form of divorce recommended when the two parties have not reached an agreement and one spouse serves the other with a Complaint. After being served, the next course of action for the spouse being served is to enlist the help of a contested divorce attorney to help them file a response. The following hearings are set and a judge gets involved to decide your disputes if the two parties cannot come to an agreement on their own.
Our contested divorce lawyers can help with the entire process. We do make it known to our clients that an uncontested divorce is much more involved and the attorney fees reflect this. They are significantly higher than an uncontested divorce, as it is industry standard. We require a retainer for such services, as do more other attorneys, and the lawyer assigned to your case will bill hourly from it depending on the amount of work performed. This means that depending on how long it takes to resolve your marital issues in the divorce, the attorney fees have a potential of getting expensive. To give our clients a ballpark amount, retainers for contested divorces range from $1500 to $5000 or more, however, again, it depends on how complex the issues involved are and how contested they will probably get. When minor children of the marriage are involved, there is more work required and retainers get more expensive than divorces without children, however other factors are considered in quoting you a retainer.
Call our office and speak to our contested divorce lawyers who will discuss the 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.