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Online Divorce in Alabama

For those seeking an inexpensive divorce in the state of Alabama, online divorce can be an easy, affordable and fast solution. Online divorces may be appropriate for couples who have an uncontested case. The step-by-step process of preparing divorce documents at OnlineDivorce.com makes it easy on the client. The site helps prepare all the necessary divorce forms and provides detailed written instructions on how to file for divorce in Alabama.

Our divorce document preparation service can assist those who want their divorce papers completed in a quick and stress-free fashion. Alabama has unique divorce forms and filing requirements, and our online system provides exactly what is necessary and applicable, with instructions on how to file. We have helped thousands of people prepare their divorce documents for filing.

If the two spouses have an amicable agreement on the terms of the divorce, why should the process get drawn out, and why should money be spent on lawyers? Online divorces are often cheaper, quicker and easier.

Online divorce is often a great option for those who want to save money or hope to have the divorce quickly finalized and return to normal life. An increasing number of people are preparing documents for divorce online because it can be done in the comfort of one’s own home. Even for complex cases that involve children, property or other assets, the online route is possible. Clients first fill out a simple questionnaire and are given instructions at each step of the way.

The process at OnlineDivorce.com is 100% secure. We protect the client’s information and nothing gets filed until the client personally submits the divorce papers to a court. Filing for divorce in Alabama with OnlineDivorce can be a simple solution to a difficult situation.

Filing:

OnlineDivorce.com begins the divorce process by presenting a simple online questionnaire. It can be filled out alone or with the assistance of a spouse. A signature from the other spouse must be obtained, after which the divorce forms may be filed at local court. In Alabama, this is typically done at the courthouse in the county where the client currently resides. If the petitioner is not currently a resident, but the defendant is, divorce is typically filed in the county where the defendant resides.

The actual filing process is explained in our detailed court-filing instructions that we provide along with the completed divorce forms. Clients can also obtain assistance from their local courthouse by calling or stopping by.

If there are any issues with the documents after the initial filing, clients may need to follow up. OnlineDivorce.com helps the client make small adjustments to their forms, as requested by the court, at no additional charge. The goal of the service is always to minimize stress and hassle.

Residency:

Every state has specific requirements where divorcing couples must establish residency within the state they are divorcing. Alabama is no exception.

When one of the spouses is a not a resident of the state, the spouse filing for divorce must have been a resident of the state for a minimum of six months before filing for di­vorce.

The divorce may be filed for in any of the following:

  • The county where the defendant lives;
  • The county where the spouses both lived at the time of their separation; or
  • The county where the plaintiff lives if the defendant is a non-resident of Alabama. [Code of Alabama; Title 30, Chapters 2-4 and 2-5].

There are many ways to prove that residency has been established. The easiest way is if one or both spouses have a valid and in-date Alabama driver’s license, ID card or voter’s registration card which was issued at least six months before filing for divorce. If this is not the case, it may be possible to establish residency, by having someone who knows you or your spouse testify that you have lived in the state for at least six months. Additionally, it may be possible to use an Affidavit of Corroborating Witness form, and it should serve as proof you’ve lived in the state a minimum of six months.

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Valid grounds to get divorce in Alabama

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Grounds for an online divorce using OnlineDivorce.com are the same as they would be for any divorce within the State of Alabama. Grounds are merely the reason for divorce, and the state must approve them.

There are two primary categories of divorce filing in Alabama. They are fault and no-fault.

 

No-fault reasons for divorce in Alabama include:

#1

Irreparable breakdown of the marriage.

#2

Complete incompatibility of personality such that the parties can no longer live together.

#3

Voluntary separation of one year or more. [Code of Alabama; Title 30, Chapter 2-1].

 

General reasons include, but are not limited to:

#1

Adultery or infidelity;

#2

Living separate and apart without cohabitation for at least two years without the husband supporting the wife (divorce must be filed by wife);

#3

Imprisonment (for over 2 years if the total sentence is more than 7 years);

#4

Unnatural or deviant sexual behavior before or after the marriage;

#5

Alcoholism;

#6

Drug Abuse;

#7

Confinement for incurable insanity for at least five years;

#8

Wife was pregnant by another at the time of the mar­riage without the husband’s knowledge;

#9

Physical abuse or reasonable fear that physical abuse will occur;

#10

Inability to consummate the marriage. [Code of Alabama; Title 30, Chapters 2-1 and 2-2].

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Custody of the child in Alabama

Custody of the child

In Alabama divorce cases, the court can choose to award either joint or sole custody to either parent or both parents. The state of Alabama defines the term joint legal custody not as who has the child in his or her possession but instead as as a form of “shared parental responsibility,” and joint custody is recognized and supported as preferable to sole custody when it is in the best interest of the child or children. Joint custody does not mean that both parents spend an equal time with the child or children. Parents are given fair and equal consideration when determining custody and no preference is given to one parent versus the other based on gender.

A court in Alabama grants the custody of the children upon divorce. The child custody can be granted to either parent on the following grounds:

  • Best interests of the child or children: When minor children are involved in a divorce, the Alabama courts can do whatever it takes to lessen the emotional trauma on them. If the parents cannot reach an agreement in regards to the issues in which the children are involved, the court will determine the matter of custody at its discretion.
  • Age and sex of the child;
  • The safety and wellbeing of the child
  • The moral character of the parents

Alabama typically favors joint legal custody (but not equal physical custody) if in the best interests of the child and the parents agree. The wishes of the child are also a factor to be considered. There is a legal presumption against giving custody to any person who has inflicted any violence against either a spouse or a child. In abuse cases, the judge is required to consider any history of domestic abuse and may not consider the fact that a parent or spouse has relocated to avoid abuse. Factors taken into consideration for Alabama include:

  • Parental custody agreement;
  • Parental cooperation;
  • Parental ability to encourage love and sharing;
  • Any history of abuse
  • Geographic proximity of parents.

Joint legal or physical custody may be awarded. However, if the wife abandons the husband and the children are over seven years old, the husband is granted custody if he is deemed suitable. Grandparents may be granted visitation rights. [Code of Alabama: Title 30, Chapters 3-5 to 3-6.1,3-60 to 3-71,3-110 to 3-115, 3-170 to 3-179, 3-190 to 3-200; and Alabama Case Law].

Rules for child support in Alabama

Alabama has adopted specific state-mandated child support guidelines which apply in almost every case, barring special circumstances. With this, both parties’ gross incomes and certain child related expenses are considered when calculating the child support obligation. In the great majority of cases, child support payments continue until the child reaches eighteen years of age, and can extend until the completion of the child or children’s secondary education.

Child support guidelines in Alabama are adopted from the official Child Sup­port Guidelines contained in the Alabama Rules of Judicial Administration: Rule 32. These guidelines will be presumed to be correct unless there is a showing that the amount would be somehow unjust or inappropriate under the circumstances of a case. A written agreement between the parents for a different amount will also be allowed. A standardized Child Support Guidelines form and Child Support Income Statement/Affidavit must be filed in every case in which child support is requested. There is also a procedure for expedited processing in child support cases. Alabama driver’s licenses may be suspended for failure to pay child support. [Code of Alabama: Title 30, Chapters 3-5 to 3-6.1,3-60 to 3-71,3-110 to 3-115, 3-170 to 3-179, 3-190 to 3-200 and Alabama Rules of Judicial Administration: Rules 32 and 35].

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Rules for spousal support in Alabama

Rules for spousal support

Alimony, also known as spousal support, is sometimes ordered by the court to help one spouse live in a manner established during marriage after the divorce. Support may be decided upon by the couple together prior to filing or may be awarded by the court in a contested case. The court may award rehabilitative (short-term) or a more permanent alimony to either of the spouses in either lump-sum payments or as monthly/yearly payments or both.

The judge has discretion in issuing maintenance to either spouse if the spouse does not have the means to provide for themselves.

This award can be made out of the property belonging to the other spouse, unless it is separate prop­erty and was never used for the common benefit of the marriage.

In applying the statewide uniform guideline, the courts consider the following:

  • The value of the estate of both spouses
  • The condition of the spouse’s family. Up to half of a spouse’s retirement benefits can be used for alimony if the retirement was accumulated during a marriage of ten years or longer. Misconduct of either spouse may be considered in the determination as to whether to award maintenance and may totally bar the right to any maintenance. Any award of maintenance will be terminated if the recipient is living openly with a member of the opposite sex or has remarried. [Code of Alabama: Title 30, Chapters 2-51, 2-52, and 2-55].

Property division in Alabama

Property division

When a couple chooses to divorce in Alabama, they must distribute property in a fair and agreeable manner.

Alabama is an “equitable distribution” state and the judge will have full discretion to divide any jointly-owned real estate or personal property in a fair and equal manner. However, he or she does not have the authority to award the wife’s separate property to the husband (whether or not the wife’s separate property was obtained before or after the marriage). Gifts and inheritances are always considered separate property and will not be subject to division unless they have are used for the common benefit of both spouses. The property division is not necessarily exactly equal, but it must be equitable. Marital fault can be considered in the division of property. [Alabama Case Law].

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Mediation support in Alabama

There is no legal provision in Alabama for mediation.

For those seeking to prepare their divorce papers using OnlineDivorce.com, utilizing divorce mediation can be a great tool to smooth out disagreements and prevent the case from going to court. This can be the simplest way to assure a fast, easy and affordable online divorce.

Divorce forms in Alabama

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Filing fees for divorce in Alabama

When an individual files divorce papers, the court will charge filing fees that may vary by county. These costs are in addition to the cost of using OnlineDivorce.com. Clients must check with their local courthouse to determine the exact amount.

How long will it take?

Use of the OnlineDivorce.com service usually takes between 30 minutes and two hours or more depending on the complexity of the case. Clients start by filling out a questionnaire and can either complete it in one sitting or save their progress and complete it at a later date.

Once the documents have been completed, they need to be filed with the other spouse’s signature. More information regarding the finalization of the divorce case is provided once the paperwork has been completed and submitted to a court.

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