Birmingham Divorce Lawyers
Confidently guiding you through the divorce process in Birmingham and Blount County from beginning to end
The decision to seek a divorce is rarely an easy one. At King, Green, & Dobson, LLC, we understand the emotional and financial hardships that accompany the dissolution of a marriage. We offer unique and creative strategies designed to protect your interests. Regardless of how challenging your case may seem, we strive to be effective problem solvers and staunch legal advocates.
The type of divorce you seek depends on your personal circumstances
There are three main categories of divorce in Alabama. They are
• Uncontested or simplified — An uncontested divorce is the simplest and quickest way to end a marriage. To obtain an uncontested divorce, each party must agree on how to divide real and personal property. The court will take an acceptance and waiver of service if the defendant and a credible witness sign it. If there are children involved, child support and custody arrangements must also be made in accordance with Alabama guidelines. Once a complaint is filed, there is a 30-day waiting period before the judge can enter a final order or decree. An uncontested divorce may also be granted if one spouse cannot be located and a notice of divorce is published in a local newspaper for at least four weeks.
• Contested — Contested divorces involve increased litigation and costs. Typically, contested divorces take much longer than uncontested divorces. In these situations, if no settlement can be reached, the judge determines orders regarding child custody, the division of marital assets and spousal support.
• Military — Military divorces often involve federal law and military guidelines that protect active duty service members from default judgments. Child support and retirement division guidelines may also involve different regulations that must be followed for military divorces.
What are grounds for divorce in Alabama?
Grounds for divorce are divided into no-fault and fault-based categories.
No-fault grounds for divorce include:
• A complete incompatibility of temperament, such that the parties can no longer live together
• An irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, where attempts at reconciliation are futile or impractical and not in the best interests of the parties
Fault-based grounds for divorce include:
• Incapacity to enter into the marriage
• Habitual drunkenness or drug abuse
• Domestic violence and abuse
Whatever the reason for your divorce, our attorneys provide compassion and discretion throughout every step of the process. We can help you understand your options and develop a strategy designed with your future in mind. Our attorneys aren’t afraid of a challenge and have the experience to tackle whatever problems may arise.
Residency requirements impact where you can file a divorce complaint
If the defendant in a divorce proceeding is not a resident of Alabama, the other party must be a resident for at least six months before filing a complaint. The complaint can be filed in the county where the filing spouse or defendant resides or in the county where the parties lived at the time of separation. A qualified family law attorney helps you understand how divorce laws impact your actions.
Get a respected divorce law firm with proven results to protect your rights
Divorces can be complicated and financially burdensome without quality legal representation. Choosing the right attorney doesn’t have to be an overwhelming and intimidating task. At King, Green, & Dobson, LLC, our attorneys work hard to get you favorable results in a timely manner. We meet with clients Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and evening and weekend appointments are available upon request. Call us at 205.937.3687 or contact us online to discuss your case.