Divorce, like marriage, is something that should never be taken lightly. Contrary to popular belief, there are no winners in a divorce. If you have determined that divorce is necessary in your case, or if your spouse has already filed for a divorce, then you need to speak with an experienced attorney who can explain the process to you and guide you through the difficult times ahead. You need to hire an attorney who knows how to look out for your best interests and is able to fight for you if necessary.
Steps to Divorce in Alabama
The parties must first meet the residency requirements in order to qualify for an Alabama Divorce. At least one of the parties must be a resident of the state of Alabama prior to filing for divorce.
One party will then file a Divorce Complaint and have a copy of it served on the other party (spouse). The filing party is the Plaintiff and the spouse becomes the Defendant.
The Defendant then has 30 days in which to file an Answer to the Plaintiff’s Divorce Complaint.
One of the parties may then request a Pendente Lite Hearing in order to have the Court issue temporary child custody, child support, and spousal support Orders. These Orders will remain in effect until the Court issues a Final Order after holding a trial in the case.
The parties will then go through the process of Discovery where they will exchange documents to disclose their income, expenses, and assets.
A Final Hearing will be held where the Court hears evidence from both sides and ultimately issues a ruling that divorces the couple, divides their assets, and determines Child Custody and Support.
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