Birmingham Divorce Lawyer
Serving Jefferson County and Surrounding Areas
According to the latest census information, Alabama’s marriage rate ranks 23rd in the country, while its divorce rate ranks 7th. Most divorces these days are “no-fault”, although Alabama still retains a number of fault-based grounds for divorce which can impact issues such as alimony, property division and child custody.
If you are considering filing for divorce, or if your spouse has already filed for divorce and served you with divorce papers, it’s time to contact an experienced Alabama divorce attorney for advice and representation. Peeples Law in Birmingham consist of a team of highly skilled and experienced attorney’s who have helped countless people like you protect their rights, promote their interests, and come out the other side of the divorce process ready to start a new chapter in their lives.
Whether your divorce is high-asset, fraught with emotional custody disputes, or uncontested, Peeples Law is here for you. Family law attorney Candace Peeples or one of her associates can represent your interests in a legal separation, divorce, mediation, appeals or post-divorce modifications. We strive to resolve every case amicably and out-of-court, but we recognize that every divorce is not suited to a cooperative approach. If you need an experienced litigator in your corner ready to fight for you, our firm is more than ready and willing to represent you. Call our Birmingham divorce lawyer to discuss your needs, goals and desires regarding divorce.
Alabama Divorce Requirements
Either party can file for divorce in Alabama so long as either party has been an Alabama resident for at least six months. The soonest a divorce can be finalized is 30 days from the date of filing, in the event your divorce is contested expect the process to take many months.
Divorce in Alabama can be fault-based or no-fault. In a no-fault divorce, the filing party alleges that the marriage is irretrievably broken and that any attempt to reconcile would be impractical or futile and not in the couple’s best interests.
Alabama also retains several fault-based grounds for divorce, which can play a role in deciding matters such as child custody, alimony or the division of property. Fault grounds for divorce in Alabama include the following:
- Abandonment for one year
- Becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol after marriage
- Commission of the “crime against nature”
- Complete incompatibility of temperament
- Imprisonment for two years on a sentence of seven years or more
- Incurable insanity after five years in a mental hospital
- In favor of the husband, if the wife was pregnant at the time of marriage without the husband’s knowledge or agency
- In favor of the wife, if the wife lived separate and apart from the husband for two years without support
- Violence or threatening conduct by one spouse against the other
Peeples Law can help you prove or defend against fault allegations in your divorce.
Help in Contested, Uncontested, Fault and No-Fault Divorce
In addition to dissolving the marriage, a judge granting a divorce will also make court orders regarding issues such as alimony, the division of marital property, child custody and child support. If litigation is needed, the attorney’s at Peeples Law can represent you in court, building and presenting a case based on her thorough knowledge of Alabama divorce law and the ability to grasp the facts behind even the most complex cases, including high-asset divorces. The attorney’s at Peeples Law are also skilled in family law negotiations and mediations if you desire to settle your issues outside of court.
Call Peeples Law for Help From a Dedicated Birmingham Divorce Lawyer
The decisions made in a divorce can affect you and your children for years into the future. Get them done right the first time by contacting an experienced and successful Birmingham divorce lawyer committed to your success. For help with any type of divorce, contact Peeples Law, in Birmingham, at 205-403-5577.