Alabama divorce law permits contested and uncontested divorce. While an uncontested divorce is undoubtedly cheaper and faster, it is not always possible for a couple to resolve all of their differences. In that case, both parties should be consulting with an Alabama divorce lawyer. A professionally trained and licensed divorce attorney can give you ideas about your legal rights under Alabama law and what you should be doing about trying to resolve disagreements between you and the other party.
Everyone has different needs when it comes to divorce. One person may need spousal support because she spent her life as a housewife. But another may be fully employed and self-sufficient but need help with child custody issues. This the reason Alabama residents should speak to a divorce lawyer before going too far in the litigation process.
A trained Alabama attorney will be able to tell you your rights and preferred legal strategies as long as you give the lawyer ample information with which to advise you. So the first thing you need to do when consulting with or negotiating with a lawyer for hire is to compile all information related to your Alabama divorce. A partial list of what you need is information on the couple’s finances, job status and property. Both property before and during the marriage could be relevant in some cases.
Of course, things relevant to the raising of the couple’s children are also relevant, as decisions on child custody and child support are part of an Alabama divorce proceeding.
Your ability and willingness to pay for legal help also form part of the decision-making process. Some lawyers charge lofty fees for almost all of their work. This is fine if you can afford it, but most people don’t have tens of thousands of dollars to fight an aggressive legal battle in court.
So you ultimately need a lawyer who is willing to help and is interested in assisting within your personally established legal Alabama divorce budget. Do this in the beginning to avoid potential friction between you and your lawyer later on in the divorce litigation.
If you have all of your information, then use the sources below (see the links) to start finding some Alabama divorce lawyers. At the FindLaw site, simply click on your Alabama city or county. Click on your county and then “Divorce” on the next page in StateLawyers to find local attorneys for consultation.
StateLawyers Lists of Alabama Lawyers
FindLaw Lists of Alabama Divorce Attorneys