If you are in the process of planning for a divorce, it is important to know what types of divorce exist.
Depending on what type of divorce yours is, the process will be different.
A divorce can be either contested or uncontested. A “contested” divorce, as the name suggests, means that the spouses contest the terms of the divorce.
But what are “uncontested” divorces in Alabama?
This article will provide a brief overview of uncontested divorce in Alabama, giving you a better idea of what to expect. If you have questions, contact an Alabama divorce attorney to discuss your options and determine how you should move forward.
Uncontested Divorce in Alabama: An Overview
An uncontested divorce in Alabama is also called a simple divorce. Whereas a contested divorce can be complicated and contentious, an uncontested divorce is often a more simplified process.
In an uncontested divorce, the spouses agree on all issues required to terminate the marriage. Ultimately, this makes the divorce faster and cheaper than a contested divorce.
Requirements for an Uncontested Divorce in Alabama
In an uncontested divorce, both parties must agree on all aspects of the divorce.
This means that not only do the parties need to agree to the termination of the marriage itself, but they must also agree on items such as:
- Division of property and assets,
- Division of debt,
- Child custody arrangements, and
If you and your spouse cannot reach an agreement on these issues without court intervention, then you cannot proceed with an uncontested divorce.
There are a few additional requirements for uncontested divorces in Alabama that you should be aware of. First, at least one party to the divorce must have been a resident of Alabama for at least six months prior to filing.
Additionally, you must file your divorce in the correct county.
In Alabama, you must file for divorce in the county in which:
- Your spouse lives;
- You both lived when the separation occurred; or
- You live, if your spouse is not a resident of Alabama.
Even if your divorce is uncontested, failure to file in the appropriate county can complicate the process moving forward.
Alabama Uncontested Divorce Forms
The first step to filing for uncontested divorce in Alabama is completing your formal court complaint. While this can seem intimidating, the State of Alabama fortunately provides “do it yourself” forms on its website. One of these includes a divorce complaint.
While you can complete this form on your own, it is always beneficial to have an attorney review it and ensure that you don’t miss anything important.
Contact a Divorce Attorney Today
If you have questions about how to file your uncontested divorce complaint, or if you have any other questions about uncontested divorce in Alabama, contact an attorney today. An experienced Alabama divorce attorney can help to make a stressful and emotional process feel more manageable.
The legal team at Dagney Johnson Law Group has been helping clients in Alabama through the most difficult times in their lives for over 40 years. We hope to have the opportunity to help you too. Contact us online or by phone at (205) 937-6564 for a free case review to see what we can do for you.