Attorney at Law
2166 Highway 31 So.
Pelham, Alabama 35124
DONNA J. BEAULIEU
No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.
Divorce - Contested
A divorce can be a very stressful and, inevitably, a life-changing event. A married couple in Alabama have some options available to them.
If the couple is in agreement as to all aspects of the divorce, the divorce can be done completely by agreement and is called “uncontested”. For a divorce to be uncontested, the parties must agree on issues such as child custody and visitation, if there are children of the marriage, the division of all property, whether alimony will be paid, etc.
If children are involved and child support is an issue, both parties should be prepared to produce income information so that a child support calculation can be done under the Alabama Child Support Guidelines. Other factors such as prior child support orders, health insurance and day care expenses are also pertinent to this calculation.
In Alabama, an uncontested divorce is usually granted on grounds of “no-fault” such as irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. In an uncontested divorce, the couple will sign various documents that Alabama courts require to effectuate an uncontested divorce and the parties can anticipate being divorced sometimes as quickly as 60 days.
If the couple cannot agree as to all aspects of the divorce, the divorce will be “contested”. See Contested Divorce