Divorce: The legal dissolution of a valid marriage by a court. – Black’s Law Dictionary.
For those involved in an Alabama State divorce, we serve our local and international divorce clients from our office located in downtown Huntsville, Alabama. While licensed to practice throughout the State of Alabama, we focus our practice on Limestone, Madison, Marshall, and Morgan Counties.
Divorce is not just a legal process – It is an intimate human experience.
A divorce may be one of the most stressful challenges you and your family ever face, imparting a lasting impact on you, your children, your family structure, and your finances.
While the process may be difficult, it is essential to handle divorce with care and efficiency. By enlisting an experienced family law attorney, you can ease through this trying, often traumatic, process.
Contested Versus Uncontested Divorce in Alabama.
In Alabama, there are two different main types of divorce – uncontested and contested. An uncontested divorce occurs when both spouses are in agreement over all issues and enter into a settlement agreement.
On the other hand, a contested divorce occurs when spouses cannot settle such issues and must go to Court to settle their disagreements, allowing a judge to determine their fate.
Uncontested divorces are relatively straightforward, quick, and less emotionally traumatic, while contested divorces can involve into costly and lengthy court processes.
Contested Divorce – Getting Started.
A divorce proceeding is commenced by filing a pleading entitled “Complaint for Divorce.” Once this documents is filed with the clerk of court’s office, the other party will need to be served with the Complaint by the county sheriff’s office or by a private process server. Once personally served, the responding party has thirty (30) days thereafter to file their appearance in the action and file their “Answer” to the Complaint for Divorce. The responding party may choose to retain an attorney to represent him/her or he/she may elect to represent themselves, otherwise know as appearing “pro se.” The responding party also has the option of filing a “Counterclaim for Divorce.”
Every divorce case is unique, and so is our firm.
No matter the similarities, every divorce is as unique as the individuals and circumstances of each case. These unique circumstances give rise to other laws that and considerations that can often be overlooked in a divorce case – such as laws related to tax, real estate, ERISA, military retirement and benefits, privately held businesses, wills and trust, criminal law, and domestic violence – just to name a few.
Our firm’s attorneys understand where family law and other laws intersect, and use that to their advantage in crafting creative legal strategies to achieve the client’s desired results.
LET US HELP.
The first step for most people who are thinking about divorce is to get answers to questions. If you want to learn more about our services and start protecting your rights, we invite you to contact our firm to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our divorce attorneys who will help you understand your rights and responsibilities based on the unique facts of your case.
For your convenience, we offer consultation appointments in our office or by teleconference.