If you are looking for Alabama divorce forms to use for your Alabama divorce there are a few things you should know. Please be aware that:
There is no one size fits all set of forms that you can download anywhere that will meet your specific situation and set of circumstances.
The divorce “forms” are actually documents meaning that the documents are dynamic in that you add or remove language appropriate for your case and then format the document accordingly. Forms are static and generally have blanks for you to fill in your information and if a question doesn’t apply you skip it. This process is not the situation with divorce documents. Failing to address certain items in your divorce papers may have long term consequences or delay the judge from being able to grant your divorce.
That most forms you find online are only a few of the documents you may need for your case and you must know the time limit set by Alabama Statute in which those forms must be filed.
If you do prepare your own divorce documents you will first need to determine which documents apply to your situation and circumstances, find and locate all the documents, cover letters and individual court coversheets or similar documents needs to actually file and finalize your divorce case. After this you will then need to customize the language of the Complaint Final Judgement for Divorce and other documents to meet your situation and circumstances, and if you have children prepare a Parenting Plan and understand how child support is determined by the guidelines. You will need to determine the protocol of your local divorce court in order to file, notify your spouse, and then schedule your final hearing or the procedure on mailing your paperwork to where the judge will hopefully finalize your divorce. This process can be overwhelming especially while dealing with the emotional strain of divorce. Even in an agreed/uncontested divorce and it can take many days to complete this process.
What’s the best way to get correct Alabama Divorce Papers?
Through this website we have created a very simple and extremely affordable way to start and completed your divorce in Alabama. If you have reached an agreement with your spouse you can use this website to answer simple questions online then receive all the paperwork you need to file and finalize your uncontested divorce in Alabama. Bes of all you simply sign and mail the paperwork to the court and never have to appear before the judge. In about three weeks from mailing in your paperwork the judge will sign your divorce decree ending your marriage. The court will mail you a copy of this decree for your records. If you choose, you can have an online attorney, via this website, review all your paperwork to ensure it appropriate for your situation and personal circumstances. The cost of our website service is only $195.
Our unique service is delivered 100% online and allows you to answer simple questions online. Your paperwork will be prepared and you can choose to have it all reviewed by a duly licensed and experienced Alabama family law attorney.
All the documents are prepared for you based on your answers and will reflect your agreements with your spouse. Your case documents are provided to you online along with detailed divorce completion instructions specific to the appropriate Circuit court.
Most important every case and court specific document needed to obtain your uncontested divorce is provided to you to include your final decree of divorce. And, unlike the non-attorney websites, should you have questions the online attorney can answer your legal questions.
Warning about websites selling divorce kits or typing services
Be aware that nearly all the “online divorce” websites do not employ attorneys and as such offer only a typing service that simply inputs your information into their standard divorce documents, which may or may not be all the documents you need for your case. But more important their standard divorce documents may not acceptable to the judge when it is time to sign your final divorce decree to finalize your uncontested case.
Carefully review any websites offering divorce forms and online services. You will quickly discover that nearly all offer nothing but typing services because they are not attorneys and cannot, by Alabama law, provide you with legal advice or answer your legal questions or even help you make decisions about your case. You will also discover that these non-attorney typing service sites only guarantee that their documents are valid for filing (starting your divorce case) with court.
Think about it, what your documents actually spells out only becomes important when it’s time for the judge to review your final divorce decree. The court staff that accepts your documents for filing to start your divorce case with the court system aren’t attorneys either and likewise by law not allowed to advise you if the language within your documents is legally accurate and sufficient for the judge to finalize your divorce decree. The court staff may only alert you if you are missing a mandatory document or explain the court’s procedures.
Finally, the non-attorney websites do not guarantee the divorce decree they fill-in for you will be legally sufficient or accurate for your unique situation and circumstances or properly and legally reflect the agreements you reached with your spouse. It’s the final decree that the judge signs that ends your marriage and divides your property and, if applicable, spells out child custody, visitation and child support.
What documents are usually required?
The divorce documents needed varies for a number of reasons. First, you should be aware that divorce documents may vary from court to d court as some courts require certain documents specific only to their local court. In addition, each divorce case is unique and contains its own circumstances and scenarios which impacts what documents are needed for each individual case.
For example, one case may involve children and another may not. A case may or may not involve a house, land or other property. In one case a spouse may wish to restore their maiden name and in another a spouse may wish to continue using their married name after the divorce is finalized. Each of the aforementioned situations determines which documents are necessary as well as impacts the legal language contained in the documents.
Use the appropriate link below to review the list of common documents in an Alabama uncontested divorce. The lists have been divided into two categories:
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