Couples who have decided that their marriage is irretrievably broken and that they are so incompatible that their marriage cannot continue, may find that an uncontested divorce is right for them. In an uncontested divorce, the couple decides how the marital assets will be divided, how joint debts are paid (loans, credit cards, etc.), child custody & visitation. These agreements are documented in a Settlement Agreement.
Settlement Agreements for Uncontested Divorce
Marital assets include items such as household furnishings, automobiles, real estate, retirement benefits, and financial assets (checking, savings accounts, stock accounts, etc.). Joint marital debts may include such items as a mortgage on a home, joint credit cards, and automobile loans.
When the couple has minor children in an uncontested divorce, the settlement agreement must identify the custody agreement, visitation schedule and child support. There is little leeway in determining amounts to be paid by the ex-spouse for child support as Alabama determines such amounts based on gross incomes of the couple and a few other factors. See Child Support for additional information.
Obtaining an Uncontested Divorce
An uncontested divorce can be started with a phone call to my office. You can schedule an appointment or it can be handled by Email. All that is needed to get started is a valid credit/debit card. We accept American Express, Visa or Master Card.
How Long Does it Take?
It typically takes about 2-3 weeks for the documents to be completed and signed by the parties. After the case is filed with the Court, there is by law a 30-day "cooling-off" period. A Divorce Decree is then typically issued within 30-60 days.