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How Long Does It Take to Finalize a Divorce in Alabama?

Posted by Sam P. Dixon, III | Apr 21, 2024 | 0 Comments

The time it takes to finalize a divorce in Alabama can vary depending on various factors, including whether the divorce is contested or uncontested, the complexity of the issues involved, and the caseload of the court handling the divorce. If you are facing divorce in Birmingham, AL or the surrounding area, contact Dixon Law, LLC at (205) 616-8896 today to learn more.

Here's a general divorce process overview:

  1. Uncontested Divorce: If both spouses agree on all issues related to the divorce, such as property division, child custody, and support, an uncontested divorce can be finalized relatively quickly. In Alabama, uncontested divorces typically take a few months to process.

  2. Contested Divorce: If there are disputes between the spouses regarding issues such as property division, child custody, or alimony, the divorce is considered contested. Contested divorces can take significantly longer to resolve, potentially taking a year or more if the case goes to trial.

  3. Waiting Period: Alabama imposes a waiting period before a divorce can be finalized. After filing the initial divorce petition, there is a mandatory waiting period of 30 days before the divorce can be granted. This waiting period allows time for reconciliation or negotiation between the spouses.

  4. Court Schedule: The timeline for a divorce can also be affected by the schedule of the court handling the case. Courts may have backlogs of cases, which can delay proceedings.

  5. Negotiations and Mediation: If the spouses need to negotiate a settlement or attend mediation to resolve disputes, the length of time it takes to reach an agreement can impact the overall duration of the divorce process.

It's important to note that these are general timelines, and the actual time it takes to get a divorce in Alabama can vary based on the specific circumstances of each case. Consulting with a family law attorney can provide you with a better understanding of the timeline for your particular situation. Contact Dixon Law, LLC at (205) 616-8896 to schedule a Free Consultation and learn more how to make sure your rights and interests are represented.

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Sam P. Dixon, III

Mr. Sam P. Dixon, III was born in Mobile, Alabama. The great-grandson of the Alabama Governor, Frank Dixon, Sam has come from a long family history of politics and the legal profession. Mr. Dixon always admired and respected the legal profession and aspired to help people obtain justice and fairn...


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