Alabama Online Divorce
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Our simple online process makes getting divorced quick, easy and affordable and without the hassle of hiring a lawyer or going to court. We understand that going through a divorce can be a difficult and emotionally taxing experience, which is why we offer a simple and convenient way to take care of everything online.
If you are looking for a reliable online divorce service in Alabama, look no further than ReliableDivorce. We have been helping people get divorced since 2007.
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Why Choose ReliableDivorce?
Because you don't like paying more for the same product.
You can pay other online divorce services up to $299 to receive the same completed divorce papers that you would receive from ReliableDivorce.com for just $99. Plus, our $99 price includes the option to schedule a phone conference with the legal professional assigned to your case (your Case Manager) to walk you through each step of the process and answer any questions you may have.
Because you want accurate divorce papers with a proven track record of court acceptance.
Since ReliableDivorce.com was created by divorce attorneys and is operated by divorce attorneys, you receive the same divorce papers that divorce lawyers file with the court every day, but without having to spend thousands of dollars on attorney's fees.
Because you want a single, upfront price and not be hit with hidden fees later down the road.
Many other services start hitting you up for additional fees shortly after you sign up (and after already paying their initial fee). These additional fees often include "storage fees" to maintain your information or monthly charges just so you may continue to access your own documents. However, we will never ask you to pay any additional fees. With ReliableDivorce.com, you will always have unlimited access to your account so that, at any time, you may make changes to your information and generate new documents regardless of how long ago you signed up for our service.
Getting an Online Divorce in Alabama
Our online divorce service is designed for spouses who want a simple, fast, and cheap divorce in Alabama. The key factor to determine whether an online divorce will work for your situation is that both spouses can agree to the terms of the divorce. That is, you and your spouse will agree to the division of property, division of debts and, if applicable, any child-related issues.
ReliableDivorce.com makes the online divorce process easy and affordable for virtually every budget. Based on your answers to our questionnaire, we determine all the necessary documents you will need and the documents are prepared as required for the court’s approval. We provide you step-by-step written instructions beginning with how to file your divorce papers and all the way through how to finalize your divorce.
We have spent more than 15 years helping people file for and complete their divorce. Unlike many other online divorce services, our services don’t end once you file your initial divorce papers. We also want to make sure you are easily able to finalize your divorce as quickly as Alabama law allows. We understand that even with step-by-step instructions to guide you through the divorce process, it can still be overwhelming. That’s why our service continues to provide you support even after you have your completed divorce papers in hand. Included with our service is the option to schedule a phone consultation with your case manager who can answer any questions you may have or even walk you through each step of the process if necessary.
The bottom line is that if you and your spouse can agree on the terms of your divorce, then an online divorce is the fastest, easiest and least expensive option to dissolve your marriage. Whether you have children, own a home or own other property, as long as you and your spouse can reach an agreement on all such issues, then you are eligible to use our online divorce services to file your divorce in Alabama.
An uncontested divorce is one in which both spouses have reached an agreement on all the major issues, such as property division, division of debt, child custody, child support, and spouse support.
A contested divorce in one in which the spouses cannot reach an agreement on the major issues and, as a result, the court will have to decide the final outcome on the disputed issues.
In either type of divorce, the process starts by one spouse filing for divorce.
Benefits to an Uncontested Divorce
Save Money. Spouses save a significant amount of money in an uncontested divorce vs. a contested divorce. Instead of paying the high attorney’s fees that accompany a contested divorce, that money stays in your pocket.
Save Time. Because the spouses have already reached an agreement on the important issues, the paperwork is stream-lined and the parties don’t have to spend time attending multiple court hearings and formal negations that can take many months or even years to complete.
Save Mental Health. Fighting a divorce out in court adds additional stress to an already difficult situation. An uncontested divorce results in a much easier and less stressful legal process.
We created our Alabama divorce service to maximize these benefits. ReliableDivorce.com provides the lowest price online divorce service in the market with the fastest results. You receive your divorce papers immediately after completing our online questionnaire so you can file your divorce today or any other day you choose.
How to File for Divorce Without a Lawyer
An online divorce makes it easy to file for divorce without a lawyer. There is no requirement that you have a lawyer to file for divorce in Alabama. In fact, in many Alabama counties, more than half of all divorces are filed and completed without any lawyer involvement. Once you sign up to use our service, you simply fill out our online questionnaire to begin your divorce paperwork. It can either be filled out on your own or with your spouse's help. We provide you with all the necessary divorce forms to complete your divorce along with detailed instructions for every step of the process.
The first step of the process is to ensure you meet the state's residency requirements to file for divorce in Alabama.
Alabama Residency Requirements:
If you and your spouse both currently reside in Alabama, then you may file for divorce at any time regardless of how long you both have lived in the state. If only the non-filing spouse currently lives in Alabama, while the filing spouse lives in another state, then the filing spouse may file for divorce in Alabama at any time. However, if only the filing spouse currently resides in Alabama, then he/she must reside in the state for a minimum of six months prior to filing. Since only one spouse needs to meet this residency requirement, you may file for divorce in Alabama even if your spouse resides in another state. [Alabama Code §30-2-5].
It’s not difficult to prove residency. For example, any one of the following items will establish residency - a valid state driver’s license, ID card, or voter’s registration card.
A divorce may be filed in the circuit court of:
The county where the defendant (non-filing) spouse resides;
The county where both spouses resided when they separated; or
If the defendant is not a resident of Alabama, in the county in which the filing spouse currently resides. [Alabama Code §30-2-4].
Detailed court-filing instructions are included with your completed divorce papers, so that you know how the process works.
It may be necessary to follow up if any issues in your documents arise after you file your initial paperwork. We offer you the flexibility to make small adjustments to your divorce forms at no additional cost when you use our online divorce service. Our online divorce service is designed to make your divorce as easy and stress-free as possible.
Grounds for Divorce
In Alabama, there are both no-fault grounds and fault-based grounds for divorce.
No fault grounds:
Incompatibility of temperament such that the parties can no longer live together.
Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage with no reasonable expectation of reconciliation.
Intentional and voluntary abandonment of the marriage.
A spouse is physically and incurably incapacitated from entering into the marriage state.
Pregnancy at the time of marriage that is unknown to the husband.
Imprisonment for at least two years with a total sentence of at least seven years.
Drug or alcohol abuse after marriage.
Incurable insanity lasting at least five years.
Like most other states, Alabama has adopted specific child support guidelines that are presumed to be correct and to be in the child's best interest. In almost every case, child support must be determined using the Alabama child support guidelines. [Alabama Rule of Judicial Administration, Rule 32]. As a result, using an Alabama child support calculator is best for determining the amount of child support to be paid. A proper child support calculator uses the child support guidelines prescribed by Alabama law. In the event that you and your spouse cannot agree on this issue, the court will use the same calculation as the basis for determining the support obligation. Our online divorce service provides you a child support calculator during your questionnaire.
The child support obligation in Alabama generally terminates when the child turns 19 or graduates high school, whichever event occurs first. [Alabama Rule of Judicial Administration, Rule 32]. The most common way to pay child support is to have the amount deducted directly from the payor's wages.
Child Custody and Visitation
Legal Custody in Alabama
Legal custody refers to who makes or participates in the major decisions regarding the raising of the child.
Legal custody is determined based on what is in the child's best interest.
[Alabama Code §30-3-152].
Joint Legal Custody is where both parents have the right to participate in making the major decisions affecting the child.
Sole Legal Custody is where only one parent has the right to make decisions affecting the child.
In Alabama, it is presumed that joint legal custody is appropriate unless proven otherwise. [Alabama Code §30-3-150].
A Parenting Plan details how child-related decisions will be made and is included in the final divorce decree or settlement agreement. As long as the parties can reach an agreement on the parenting plan, parents can customize their parenting plan in virtually any way they see fit. After the divorce is final, parents can modify their parenting plan provided both parents agree to any changes. Because unlimited revisions are included in the ReliableDivorce price, you may log into your ReliableDivorce account and modify your parenting plan even after your divorce is final.
Physical Custody in Alabama
Physical custody says who the children will primarily reside with and the other parent will have visitation as discussed below.
In Alabama, the non-custodial parent generally has the same visitation rights regardless of whether sole custody or joint custody is ordered in the divorce decree. There are exceptions to this general rule of course, such as when there is a history of domestic violence.
Visitation can be any schedule agreed upon by both parents The visitation schedule (or "possession schedule") is included in the parenting plan and it can also be modified any time both parents agree to the changes. If the parents cannot reach an agreement on visitation then the court will require the parents to follow a specific schedule that is determined by the court. The state provides guidelines on visitation and many parents find it easier to just go by the standard guideline visitation schedule. This will be explained in more detail in your divorce papers.
Alabama Divorce Forms
Our Alabama forms are guaranteed to be approved by the court. Our software determines what forms are needed and how to correctly complete the forms based on the answers you provide when completing our online questionnaire. Our software is updated anytime there is a change in the Alabama divorce laws. Our service makes getting an online divorce as seamless as possible and at a price that meets every budget.
Alabama Divorce - FAQ
How long will my Alabama divorce take?
Short Answer: 45-60 days.
Detailed Answer: Alabama has a mandatory 30-day waiting period that begins when the initial divorce petition (also known as the divorce complaint) is filed. This means the court cannot finalize the divorce by signing the divorce decree and judgment for divorce until after this 30-day waiting period has expired. However, the actual time it takes to finalize your divorce will largely depend on how quickly you and your spouse complete and file all your divorce documents and the judge's schedule. Assuming there are no major hurdles, it is reasonable to expect your divorce to be finalized 45-60 days after filing the initial complaint for divorce.
What documents are needed to file for divorce in Alabama?
Short Answer: Complaint for Divorce and Summons.
Detailed Answer: To initiate a divorce case in Alabama, a Complaint for Divorce and Summons must be filed with the court clerk. When you sign up with ReliableDivorce, we will provide you all of the completed divorce forms you will need from the beginning to the end of your divorce case along with detailed instructions for every step. If you have any questions along the way, you may also schedule a call with one of our legal professionals who will walk you through the process.
How soon can I get remarried after my divorce is final?
Short Answer: 61 days.
Detailed Answer: Under Alabama divorce law, a party to a divorce must wait at least 60 days from the date a divorce is final to marry another person. An Alabama divorce becomes final when the court enters the Judgment for Divorce.
Can I file for divorce in Alabama if my spouse lives in another state?
Short Answer: Yes.
Detailed Answer: Alabama law requires that one (1) spouse reside in the state for six (6) months prior to filing for divorce. As long as you have lived in the State of Alabama for at least the six (6) months leading up to filing for divorce, then you may file for divorce in the Alabama Circuit Court system even though your spouse lives in another state.
How long do I need to live in Alabama before I can file for divorce here?
Short Answer: It depends on where your spouse lives.
Detailed Answer: If both you and your spouse live in Alabama, then you may file for divorce at any time. However, if your spouse lives out-of-state, then you must live in Alabama for at least six (6) months before filing for divorce
Why ReliableDivorce Stands Above Other Online Divorce Services:
Divorce Attorney Created Documents & Instructions: Our online divorce service, including all our divorce forms, instructions and questionnaires were created and are continuously operated by divorce attorneys.
Instant Divorce Documents: Your documents are completed in real time so you can file your papers today.
Dedicated Case Manager: Access to the legal professional assigned to your case who can walk you through every step of the process.
Court-Approved Forms: All our divorce forms are court-approved and guaranteed to be accepted by the court.
100% Money Back Guarantee: We guarantee our forms will be accepted by the court or we will refund 100% of your fee to use our service.
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Best Value: At $99, we have the lowest price complete online divorce service on the market.
Step-by-Step Instructions: We provide you detailed instructions for every step of the divorce process. If you are unsure or simply anxious about a step, you may schedule a call with your case manager who will walk you through any part of the process and answer any questions you may have.